German Government Doubts Turkish Visa-Free Travel Possible Before 2017

© AP Photo / Murad SezerFlags of Turkey, left, and the European Union fly over the dome of a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
Flags of Turkey, left, and the European Union fly over the dome of a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey - Sputnik International
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The German government does not expect Turkey to meet EU requirements for a visa waiver before 2017, German media reported Monday, citing its sources in Berlin.

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Turkey Rules Out Revising Anti-Terror Law for Visa-Free Regime With EU
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Under an agreement with the European Union, Turkey has to fulfill 72 conditions by the end of June in order for its citizens to be granted visa-free travel to the borderless Schengen Area.

A source in the German government told the Bild newspaper that Ankara was unlikely to meet the outstanding criteria – notably changing its controversially broad anti-terror laws – before the end of the year.

The free travel arrangement is part of an EU-Turkey pact on curbing the flow of refugees to Europe. Brussels also promised to speed up talks on Turkey’s entry to the 28-nation union in exchange for Ankara’s commitment to take back undocumented migrants.

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