Jean-Claude Juncker

EU official: Turkey makes progress in visa-free travel talks

Turkey is making progress on measures that need to be passed before visa-free travel to the European Union can be instituted, a senior EU official said Monday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, meanwhile, is standing by the overall deal with Turkey amid Europe's refugee crisis.

Turkey must meet 72 conditions to get the visa waiver, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters that "so far, 69 or 70 are fulfilled."

The visa offer is part of a deal to persuade Turkey to stop migrants coming to Europe. Erdogan has said the deal could collapse if the Europeans renege on visas.

Despite the increasing animosity between both sides since the...