Most Germans believe that the European Union should end a migration agreement with Turkey, also undermining the negotiations for the country's entry into the bloc, showed research published on Sunday (7).

The agreement, obtained by Ankara in exchange for a new financial aid, the promise of the end of the visa requirement for most European countries and more talk of integrating the group, strongly decreased the influx of refugees in Europe by East routes.

Last year, Germany hosted about 1.1 million people who fled from war and poverty in the Middle East and other countries, more than any other nation in the EU, creating conditions that increased social and political tensions in Europe's largest economy.

But the research institute Emnid published in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper showed that 52% of Germans want the end of the immigration agreement, against 35% who favor its continuation.

More than two-thirds of the 502 people interviewed in the August 4 also want the immediate freezing of financial assistance to Turkey. The poll also showed that 66% of Germans want the end of negotiations with the Turks to join the European Union.

According to the agreement, Ankara agreed to get back all immigrants and refugees, including Syrians, who cross the sea and come to Greece illegally.

The end of visa the requirements, which would mean reciprocity in relations, was delayed because of a controversy surrounding the anti-terrorism law in Turkey and Western concerns about the recent attempted coup in the country.

The Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu said at the end of last week that the country would retreat from the refugee treaty with the EU if the bloc did not release the travels without visa requirement.


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