Europe

Turkey tells EU it will not change anti-terror laws

A woman walk with her baby on fields as a group of refugees and migrants leave the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, on Tuesday May 10, 2016. About 54,000 refugees and migrants are currently stranded in Greece as 10,000 are camped in Idomeni, after the European Union and Turkey reached a deal designed to stem the flow of refugees into Europe’s prosperous heartland. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

A woman walk with her baby on fields as a group of refugees and migrants leave the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, on Tuesday May 10, 2016. About 54,000 refugees and migrants are currently stranded in Greece as 10,000 are camped in Idomeni, after the European Union and Turkey reached a deal designed to stem the flow of refugees into Europe‚Äôs prosperous heartland. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey has officially refused to change its anti-terror laws to satisfy European Union demands as part of its efforts to secure visa-free travel to Europe for Turkish citizens.

Turkey's European Affairs Minister, Volkan Bozkir, said Wednesday "this change in an anti-terror law is completely impossible."

The EU says Turkey must narrow its definition of "terrorist" and "terrorist act" to secure a visa waiver. The EU is concerned that journalists and political dissenters could be targeted.

Bozkir's remarks came after talks with European Parliament President Martin Schulz.

Schulz said the scope of Turkey's anti-terror laws "is so far reaching that we think that some of the measures are touching not directly the fight against terrorism but, for example, the freedom of expression and of media."