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Europe’s plan to stem the flow of migrants was under threat on Tuesday after Turkey rejected EU demands to overhaul its terror laws in return for visa-free travel. Omer Celik, Turkey’s ambassador to the EU, said last month’s coup attempt made reform “impossible” in the short term.
Ankara and the EU in March agreed a controversial deal to stop the tide of people coming to Europe through Turkey. The Turkish government agreed to clamp down on terror and smuggling networks and take back migrants in exchange for incentives that include visa-free EU travel for Turks and a €3bn aid package for the 2.7m Syrian refugees living in Turkey. (FT)
In the news
Trump security threat Fifty Republican security officials have warned that Donald Trump would be “the most reckless president in American history”. In an open letter the party grandees said they would not be voting for their party’s candidate. The warning came as Mr Trump presented his economic plan in Detroit on Monday, promising to slash regulation, cut taxes and revive manufacturing through an “America First” policy. (NYT, FT) Keep up with the 2016 race by signing up for our daily US politics email here.
China ties China has issued its sternest warning yet to the UK that bilateral ties stand at a “crucial historical juncture” over London’s deferral of an £18bn nuclear power project. Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK, drew a clear link between Beijing’s desire to see an early go-ahead for the controversial Hinkley Point power project and the future of the UK-China relationship. (FT)
Rebel aid Foreign governments are helping Syrian rebels in the strategic city of Aleppo. A ragtag coalition of opposition militias, including the former al-Qaeda affiliate Fatah al-Sham, have broken a weeks-long siege of the city in recent days, and fighters claim that truckloads of weapons from neighbouring countries have made the difference. Opposition figures say the US has turned a blind eye to the participation of jihadis in the operation. Meanwhile, pictures appear to show British special forces operating on the ground in Syria patrolling near the scene of an attack by Isis. (FT, BBC)
China’s power projection New satellite images show the construction of what appear to be reinforced aircraft hangars on disputed islands in the South China Sea. The buildings throw into doubt promises by Chinese President Xi Jinping not to militarise the region. (NYT)
Marcos to be buried Twenty-seven years after he died, disgraced former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos is to be buried in a cemetery reserved for war heroes. During his tenure, Marcos was accused of plundering billions in public funds and abusing human rights. Rodrigo Duterte, current Philippine president, says his burial will heal political divisions. (NAR)
It’s a big day for
Turkish-Russian relations President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg in his first foreign trip since surviving last month’s coup attempt. (FT)
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Food for thought
Ship of fools Andrew Hill on how superyachts magnify billionaires’ worst traits: hubris and a disregard for costs and public opinion. (FT)
Date of the Pharaohs The dates in Egypt’s remote Siwa Oasis — famed as a place of pilgrimage for Alexander the Great — have been loved since Pharaonic times. The best way to stop the unique variety from going extinct is to eat them, say scientists. (Scientific American)
Surveillance: taking liberties? The UK is set to legislate to allow security services to hack phones and trawl browsing histories. How far will the spectre of terrorism allow the security state to go? (FT)
The global democratic recession Gideon Rachman on how the politicians who captured the spirit of democracy in the early 1990s — Nelson Mandela, Václav Havel and others — have been replaced by men such as Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “autocrats with scant respect for democratic values”. (FT)
Wallenberg revelations One of the biggest mysteries of the second world war was the 1945 disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg — a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi gas chambers. The mystery endured through the glasnost era but a diary hidden between the walls of a dacha outside Moscow could finally explain what happened. (NYT)
Video of the day
Trump appeals to car workers Donald Trump’s trade message is resonating with car workers in Michigan, but is it enough to create a new generation of Reagan Democrats? FT reporters Sam Fleming and Patti Waldmeir test the political mood in Macomb County. (FT)
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