EU Lines Up $3.4 Billion Refugee Deal With Turkey, Muscat Says

The European Union has provisionally agreed to provide 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) of aid to Turkey in return for help stemming the flow of refugees from the Middle East, Maltese Prime Miniser Joseph Muscat said.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, increased the amount on offer to Turkey from 1 billion euros before reaching a deal and is due to brief EU leaders on the terms at a summit in Brussels Thursday, Muscat said in an interview.

“There is definitely a preliminary agreement,” Muscat said. “We are waiting for the commission to explain the terms.”