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With Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now engaged in a war of words, and given the nightmare scenario of something far worse, it is more important than ever that the European Union do all that it can to reinvigorate its ties with Turkey.European leaders, faced with an escalating refugee crisis, agreed last month to pursue a joint action plan, which demanded that Turkey help stem the tide of migrants into Europe, in exchange for EU funds, visa liberalization, and, most relevant, renewed negotiations on Turkey's EU accession.The action plan and Merkel's visit were viewed within Turkey as de facto endorsements of Erdogan; the EU even delayed the release of a critical "progress report" on Turkey's accession negotiations until after the vote.A joint EU-Turkey summit was scheduled for Nov. 29 to formalize the action plan.This necessarily includes a good-faith approach to negotiations on Turkey's accession to the EU.In the wake of Turkey's fraying relations with Russia, the decision to proceed with the planned EU-Turkey summit Monday was an important one. Now more than ever, the EU and Turkey have a responsibility to act together, before an already appalling situation gets even worse.
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