Last updated: June 21, 2018

Turkey PM warns EU leaders no bargaining over refugee plight

The migrant crisis has left Europe increasingly divided, with fears that its Schengen passport-free zone could collapse as Balkan states reintroduce border controlsTurkish premier Ahmet Davutoglu warned there would be no "bargaining" over the plight of refugees as he entered crunch talks Friday with EU leaders about plans to curb the unprecedented numbers reaching Europe. Davutoglu threw down the gauntlet to the leaders who overnight forged a common position including "red lines" that they will present to him at talks in Brussels led by European Council President Donald Tusk. "For Turkey, the refugee issue is not an issue of bargaining but an issue of values, humanitarian values as well as European values," Davutoglu told reporters as he arrived for the summit.

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