Merkel, Erdogan and Macron to hold video conference on migrant crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to hold a video conference with French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday to discuss the migrant crisis unfolding at the Greek-Turkish border.

A government spokesman in Berlin said on Sunday that the leaders would not meet in person due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Erdogan had originally planned a meeting in Istanbul.

He met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Council President Charles Michel in Brussels on Monday after announcing that he would open the border to the European Union for refugees and migrants currently in Turkey. The move lead to thousands-strong crowds at the Greek border.

Under a 2016 migration pact with the EU, Turkey is supposed to crack down on illegal migration in return for 6 billion euros (6.7 billion dollars) in aid. According to the European Commission, 4.7 billion euros have so far been contractually awarded and around 3.2 billion paid out.

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