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Migrant crisis: Ankara under pressure to act at emergency summit

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By Euronews
Migrant crisis: Ankara under pressure to act at emergency summit

<p>EU leaders are talking migration with Turkey’s prime minister at an emergency summit in Brussels.</p> <p>Ankara is under pressure to take back economic migrants and tackle smugglers, in return for aid and concessions.</p> <p>Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the half-day meeting would also address Ankara’s bid to join the EU and he hoped for a “turning point.”</p> <p>“The summit itself shows how indispensable Turkey is for the EU and the EU for Turkey,” Davutoğlu told reporters as he arrived in Brussels.</p> <p>“We have many challenges in front of us, the only way to respond to these challenges is solidarity. </p> <p>“I’m sure these challenges will be solved through our cooperation and Turkey is ready to work with the EU, Turkey is ready to be a member of the EU as well.”</p> <p>The increased cooperation with Turkey comes at a difficult time – as Ankara cracks down on media freedoms, flying in the face of European values. </p> <p>“Cooperation with Turkey doesn’t mean we accept anything and everything that Turkey asks for,” said Francois Hollande, French President. </p> <p>“We have to be extremely vigilant, and I am, about certain measures, decisions that have been taken, notably about press freedom. The press needs to be free like elsewhere and especially in Turkey.”</p> <p>With beefed up borders leaving thousands stranded in Greece, closing the Balkan route to Germany is also up for discussion. That, and help for Athens to cope with the backlog. </p> <p>Reporting from Brussels, euronews’ Gulsum Alan said: “Facing the migration crisis, the EU is now backed into a corner. The EU is giving a lot of importance to the support that Turkey could bring. </p> <p>“The Turkish Prime Minister has visited Brussels twice in three months and for Ankara, the solution to this crisis is tied to the resolution of the Syrian conflict.”</p>