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Merkel on Rescue Mission Prods Erdogan to Stick to Turkey Deal

  • German chancellor signals visa talks with EU may take longer
  • Istanbul talks underscore Merkel’s balancing act on migration
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Merkel Works to Rescue Turkey Deal

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she’s sticking by a refugee deal with Turkey and urged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to do the same after the two leaders met at a time of increasingly rancorous relations.

“This isn’t my first political experience with something where the implementation turns out to be difficult,” Merkel told reporters after the talks on Monday in Istanbul. “If it takes a bit longer to carry it out completely, we’ll just have to have intensive talks.”