EU summit pushes for difficult Turkey migrant deal


BRUSSELS: European Union leaders begin a difficult summit on Thursday to push for a crucial agreement with Turkey to curb the continent’s massive migration crisis despite threats by Cyprus to sink the deal. The plan proposed by Ankara last week to a desperate, divided Europe was hailed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday as the “first real chance” to end the influx of refugees and migrants. Cyprus has threatened to block the deal over long-standing disagreements with Ankara over the island, which has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded its north in response to an Athens-engineered coup attempt.



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