Monday, March 7, 2016 - 07:50
Rutte, Merkel meet overnight with Turkish leader
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday night. The three had dinner together in the Turkish embassy in Brussels to prepare for the European summit on the refugee crisis scheduled for Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for the Dutch EU Presidency confirmed to the Telegraaf. The three leaders discussed the implementation of the asylum plan the EU made with Turkey. The plan states that Turkey will restrict the flow of asylum seekers to Greece and take back asylum seekers not entitled to international protection. In return the European Union will give money for asylum reception in Turkey, lift the visa requirements for Turks wanting to come to Europe and provide legal routes for asylum seekers to enter Europe. The meeting started at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday and ran through to 3:00 a.m. on Monday, according to broadcaster NOS. The leaders of the 28 EU Member States will meet with the Turkish Prime Minister at 12:30 p.m. on Monday.