Europe’s refugee crisis and the Syrian peace talks

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Guests: Alison Smale, Iverna McGowan, Aaron Stein

Talks between leaders from Turkey and the European Union are faltering over a plan to curb the influx of refugees. In the proposed deal, Syrian migrants in Europe would return to Turkey in exchange for billions in aid and accelerated EU membership talks. Meanwhile, on Wednesday a Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility for a car bomb that killed 37 people in Ankara. Finally, this week Russia announced it was pulling some of its troops out of Syria and declared their military operations a success. This hour, we discuss the refugee crisis in Europe and Turkey and the Syrian peace talks. Guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan starts off with ALISON SMALE, New York Times bureau chief in Berlin. Then we’ll get reaction to the proposed EU-Turkey deal from IVERNA McGOWAN, Amnesty International’s Head of European Institutions Office and Advocacy Director. Finally, we get an update on the situations in Turkey and Syria with AARON STEIN, a senior resident fellow at Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.

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