13-10-2019 11:32 PM Jerusalem Timing

Merkel ’Optimistic’ but Cautious, Work Still Needed on Turkey Deal

Merkel ’Optimistic’ but Cautious, Work Still Needed on Turkey Deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she was "optimistic" but cautious on reaching a crucial deal with Turkey to halt the flood of migrants coming to Europe.

MerkelGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she was "optimistic" but cautious on reaching a crucial deal with Turkey to halt the flood of migrants coming to Europe.

"There are still complicated talks ahead but the fundamental direction is clear. I share the view of the European Council president (Donald Tusk) who spoke of cautious optimism, stressing the word cautious," Merkel said as she arrived for a crunch two-day EU leaders' summit in Brussels.