BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday urged rapid implementation of the European Union's deal with Turkey, saying progress was needed to get a grip on the refugee crisis.
"We spoke about the refugee question of course, on the one hand about the EU-Turkey agenda, which must be implemented urgently because we need progress," Merkel said after talks with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Italy has blocked a European Union plan to provide Turkey with 3 billion euros ($3.26 billion) in aid in exchange for a commitment to stem the flow of migrants into Europe.
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(Reporting by Paul Carrel; Writing by Noah Barkin)