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EU leaders try to build new Turkey strategy to stem refugee flow, but meet reluctance

  • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, and European Council President Donald Tusk participate in a final media conference after an EU summit in Brussels early Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. European Union heads of state met Thursday to discuss, among other issues, the current migration crisis. (AP Photo/Francois Walschaerts)

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, and European Council President Donald Tusk participate in a final media conference after an EU summit in Brussels early Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. European Union heads of state met Thursday to discuss, among other issues, the current migration crisis. (AP Photo/Francois Walschaerts)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to the media at a press conference after the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium on early Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. European Union heads of state met to discuss, among other issues, the current migration crisis. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to the media at a press conference after the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium on early Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. European Union heads of state met to discuss, among other issues, the current migration crisis. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)  (The Associated Press)

  • French President Francois Hollande talks to the media at a press conference after the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium on early Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. European Union heads of state met to discuss, among other issues, the current migration crisis. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    French President Francois Hollande talks to the media at a press conference after the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium on early Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. European Union heads of state met to discuss, among other issues, the current migration crisis. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)  (The Associated Press)

European Union leaders are offering Turkey aid, easier access to EU visas and sped-up membership talks in hopes of stemming an unprecedented flow of refugees. Now comes the hard part: persuading Turkey to sign on, and raising billions to make it work.

EU leaders meeting for a summit in Brussels late Thursday agreed to give "political support" for an action plan for Turkey to help it manage its own refugee emergency. But details proved elusive and discussions in Ankara will continue in coming days.

Diplomats said the package could involve as much as 3 billion euros in aid. But money for the migrant crisis has been slow in coming.

EU President Donald Tusk said "an agreement with Turkey makes sense only if it effectively contains the flow of refugees."