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Germany's Merkel tells Turkey to meet all terms for visa-free travel

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Germany's Merkel tells Turkey to meet all terms for visa-free travel

<p>Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Turkey it must fulfill all the conditions set by the EU before its citizens get visa free travel to the bloc. </p> <p>Turkey’s anti-terror laws remain a key area of dispute, and the German leader demanded changes to prevent the current deal with Ankara from being delayed. </p> <p>Speaking on the sidelines of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul Merkel said: “We’ve often spoken about these issues, but there remain questions. And we will monitor developments closely, but our questions have still not been answered.”</p> <p>Merkel also voiced deep concern over the Turkish parliament’s recent decision to strip MPs of their immunity. </p> <p>Critics fear the law could be used to sideline the pro-Kurdish opposition. </p> <p>Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meanwhile, called on Europe to do more to help Syrian refugees in his country. </p> <p>“The existing system is unfortunately insufficient to meet urgent humanitarian needs. It’s not capable of providing the support people need. What we also see is that only a few states are shouldering this burden,’‘ he said. </p> <p>President Erdogan has asked Europe to welcome more of the three million refugees currently living in camps in Turkey. </p> <p>EU figures show that only around 180 Syrians have been resettled from Turkey since Brussels struck a deal with Ankara in March.</p>