It's credited with being the engine for Turkey's economic transformation, but lately the Customs Union agreement with the European Union has become a sore spot. Ankara fears a flood of foreign goods is heading to Turkey, and there's no stopping it.
About 5,000 migrants were picked up off the Libyan coast by emergency services, Italy's navy, aid groups and private boats on Monday, and rescues were continuing on Tuesday, according to an Italian coastguard spokesperson.
Relations between the NATO allies have been strained after a series of events following last year's attempted coup in Turkey.
An overwhelming majority of the EU parliamentarians have asked their governments to halt the accession talks with Turkey, a move that threatens to further strain ties with Ankara.
Turkey has become a scapegoat for UK politicians ahead of the crucial Brexit referendum.
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