Jordan's King Abdullah II , center left, stands with European Council President Donald Tusk, center right, during a group photo at the EU Council building in Brussels on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)
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European Union leaders begin a difficult summit Thursday to push for a crucial agreement with Turkey to curb the continent's massive migration crisis despite threats by Cyprus to sink the deal.European Council President Donald Tusk -- who will chair the summit of 28 EU leaders Thursday before they are joined by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Friday -- said there was hard work ahead.Under the key clause, in exchange for Turkey taking back all migrants arriving in Greece, the EU will resettle one Syrian for every Syrian allowed to remain on Turkish soil.Proposals to give Turkey visa-free travel to the EU's Schengen passport-free zone by June have also worried several countries.Merkel however told the Bundestag lower house of parliament Wednesday that no shortcuts would be taken and that EU membership for Turkey was "not on the agenda now".
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