The European Union will today host a summit with Turkey with a wide range of areas on the agenda. Top of the list will be to extend a deal on Syrian refugees, but at the same time hold off from Turkish demands for deeper trade ties and visa-free travel to Europe.
The bloc continues to be critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ever-growing authoritarianism at home and his intervention in Syria’s war. That said, the EU decided to host the summit, which is taking place in the Bulgarian coastal city of Varna.
“I am looking with mixed feelings towards the Varna summit because the differences in views between the EU and Turkey are many,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who will represent the bloc along with European Council President Donald Tusk. “It will be a frank and open debate, where we will not hide our differences but will seek to improve our cooperation,” he continued.