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> Turkey's strained relationship with the European Union further deteriorating. Its president, Tayyip Erdoğan, threatening to open the gates to let millions of migrants fleeing war and poverty pour into the bloc. It comes a day after the EU voted to temporarily halt membership talks with Ankara. Reuters Istanbul Bureau Chief Nick Tattersall.
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>> It's difficult to see under the current environment how relations with Europe can really go back to where they were a few years ago. Europe, for its part, is concerned about Turkey's deteriorating record on rights and basic freedoms. And Turkey is simply angered at Europe's criticism of its crackdown in the wake of a failed coup.
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So there appears to be little common ground.>> Turkey's borders have been on lockdown to migrants since April in return for financial aid and political points. What was once thousands crossing into Europe daily, now a relative trickle. Turkey claims it houses the world's largest refugee population. As such, a majority of Europe's governments are unlikely to heed the vote.
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>> What we may see is a relationship increasingly defined by mutual benefit. So agreements on issues like curbing migration, on issues like common security, and on issues like trade. But on the wider question of whether a relationship based on values can be restored, that's a more difficult question.
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>> Austria has led the charge against Erdogan, but France, Germany and most others hope to mend their long relationship and keep the flood gates closed.