Turkey’s president has told the EU it will not change its anti-terror laws in return for visa-free travel.

“We’ll go our way, you go yours,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

The EU has asked Turkey to revise its laws as a condition for allowing Turkish citizens visa-free travel for short stays.

The plan is part of a deal involving the return of migrants, mainly Syrians, from Greece to Turkey in order to ease Europe’s migration crisis.

Mr Erdogan was speaking a day after PM Ahmet Davutoglu, who had largely negotiated the EU deal, said he was stepping down.

Reports said Mr Davutoglu also opposed Mr Erdogan’s plan to give more power to the presidency.

Mr Erdogan said the proposed constitutional changes were a national need.

 

The EU wants Turkey to narrow its broad definition of terrorism to match tighter EU standards. It is one of five EU criteria Turkey still has to agree to in order to meet the visa-free requirements.

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