Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks on Sunday with Turkish leaders in Istanbul offering Ankara support in exchange for a pledge to slow down the flow of refugees to Europe. Merkel agreed to help “re-energise” Ankara’s EU membership talks, as well as ease access to EU visas for Turkish citizens.

Merkel, under severe political pressure at home to stem the flow of refugees and migrants who are leaving Turkey’s shores for Europe, held separate meetings in Istanbul with Turkish Presiden...

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