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Turkey demands visa-free travel between EU this year, threatens cancel EU migration deal

Turkey demands visa-free travel between EU this year, threatens cancel EU migration dealTurkey has threatened to cancel the EU migration deal unless it gets visa-free travel for Turkish citizens by the end of this year, DW.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday Turkey will cancel a migration deal with the European Union if the bloc doesn't grant visa-free travel to Turkish citizens by the end of the year.

European Parliament's Vice President Alexander Graf Lambsdorff said Wednesday visa-free travel for Turkish citizens was even unlikely by 2017 due to the Turkish government's wide-reaching crackdown.

As part of an agreement clinched between Ankara and Brussels earlier this year, Turkey agreed to take back migrants in exchange for billions in aid money and visa-free travel to the EU for Turkish citizens.

After the EU repeatedly pushed back the date for visa-free travel amid concern over Turkey's draconian anti-terror laws and erosion of rights in the country, Cavusoglu told the "Neue Zürcher Zeitung" on Thursday that Ankara's "patience was drawing to a close."
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