EU to offer Turkey $3.2 billion to stop refugee tide

Ahead of Brussels summit, European officials say ‘difficult’ negotiations ahead before final deal on aid package is reached

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — EU leaders will offer Turkey cash and a boost for its membership bid in exchange for its cooperation with the migrant crisis at a summit Sunday, but officials warned a final deal will involve “difficult” negotiations.

The European Union is expected to agree a €3 billion ($3.2 billion) aid package for Turkey to help it stop the flow of refugees to Europe from the conflict in Syria, 2.2 million of whom are currently in Turkey.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, standing in for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is also set to win a deal for the opening in December of a new chapter in Turkey’s stalled accession talks for the 28-nation bloc.

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