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Turkey threatens to end migrant deal with EU amid spat

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters at a ceremony marking the inauguration of a series of projects in the province of Afyonkarahisar, in western Turkey, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Erdogan has lashed out anew against the Netherlands and European nations, repeating an assertion that the Dutch were responsible for the slaughter of Bosnians in Srebrenica in 1995 and saying the EU was "drowning" in its fear of Muslims and refugees.(Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters at a ceremony marking the inauguration of a series of projects in the province of Afyonkarahisar, in western Turkey, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Erdogan has lashed out anew against the Netherlands and European nations, repeating an assertion that the Dutch were responsible for the slaughter of Bosnians in Srebrenica in 1995 and saying the EU was "drowning" in its fear of Muslims and refugees.(Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A poster of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen in Istanbul, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Erdogan has lashed out anew against the Netherlands and European nations, repeating an assertion that the Dutch were responsible for the slaughter of Bosnians in Srebrenica in 1995 and saying the EU was "drowning" in its fear of Muslims and refugees. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    A poster of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen in Istanbul, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Erdogan has lashed out anew against the Netherlands and European nations, repeating an assertion that the Dutch were responsible for the slaughter of Bosnians in Srebrenica in 1995 and saying the EU was "drowning" in its fear of Muslims and refugees. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters at a ceremony marking the inauguration of a series of projects in the province of Afyonkarahisar, in western Turkey, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Erdogan has lashed out anew against the Netherlands and European nations, repeating an assertion that the Dutch were responsible for the slaughter of Bosnians in Srebrenica in 1995 and saying the EU was "drowning" in its fear of Muslims and refugees.(Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters at a ceremony marking the inauguration of a series of projects in the province of Afyonkarahisar, in western Turkey, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Erdogan has lashed out anew against the Netherlands and European nations, repeating an assertion that the Dutch were responsible for the slaughter of Bosnians in Srebrenica in 1995 and saying the EU was "drowning" in its fear of Muslims and refugees.(Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to scrap a deal with the European Union to readmit migrants who have crossed illegally into Europe, amid a standoff with European nations over their reluctance to allow Turkish ministers to hold campaign rallies in their countries.

In a televised speech Thursday, Erdogan said the EU could "forget about" a migrant deal first struck in 2013 and revived last year. Turkey had agreed to work to keep migrants from crossing into the EU in return for funds to help it deal with some 3 million refugees.

Erdogan accused the EU of not sticking with a promise to grant Turkish nationals the right to travel visa-free in Europe. He also sharply criticized a European court ruling in favor of curbs on wearing Islamic headscarves.