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EU leaders agree on migrant deal with Turkey

President of the European Council Donald Tusk has confirmed all EU leaders have reached an agreement with Turkey's prime minister to curb the migration crisis.

The new arrangements could come into force as soon as Sunday after a revised deal was reached between Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu and European Council president Donald Tusk in Brussels.

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Merkel cautiously welcomes EU deal struck with Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Credit: Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said an EU-Turkey deal to halt illegal migration to Europe was bound to run into setbacks and faced big legal challenges but nevertheless had an "irreversible momentum".

Merkel voiced satisfaction but also caution at a news conference after the deal was agreed.

She said: "I have no illusions that what we agreed today will be accompanied by further setbacks. There are big legal challenges that we must now overcome.

"But I think we've reached an agreement that has an irreversible momentum and it was very important for me that we managed to agree all that among the 28 today."

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