FILE - In this Wednesday, March 16, 2016 file photo a Turkish flag flies at the refugee camp for Syrian refugees in Islahiye, Gaziantep province, southeastern Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
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Angela Merkel travels to Turkey Saturday for a high-stakes visit which will require her to walk a diplomatic tightrope between keeping Ankara sweet over a crucial migrant deal and taking a stand on European values.Merkel, who will be accompanied by European Council head Donald Tusk and European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, will visit a refugee camp at 5:15pm (1415 GMT) in Gaziantep on the Turkish-Syrian border. They hope to boost a month-old, six-billion-euro ($6.7 billion) deal to return migrants arriving on Greek shores to Turkey which has been slow to get off the ground and plagued by a flurry of moral and legal concerns. Diplomatic relations are strained following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's warning that the deal to curb the migrant flow to Europe would fall through if the EU did not keep up its end of the bargain by allowing visa-free travel for Turkish citizens.
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