German Chancellor Angela Merkel sealed key deals with European Union partners on stemming migrant flows on Friday (Jun 29), in a crucial breakthrough ahead of a weekend deadline to bridge a deep rift within her fragile ruling coalition.
During the campaign, the CSU has lurched to the right and cranked up its tough talk against migrants, intensifying the pressure on Merkel to harden her stance on an issue that has come to define her politically both at home and overseas.
Italy's new populist government closed ports to rescue ships operated by charities, calling on its European Union partners to share the burden of looking after those saved off Libya's coastline.
Diplomats were left uneasy about the negotiating method of Italy's new prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, who pushed the summit to the brink of collapse by threatening to veto the entire summit communique, including unrelated parts on trade.
Overnight, the 28 European Union countries agreed a raft of measures including the setting up of secure centres for migrants in the bloc, "disembarkation platforms" in North Africa and sharing out refugees among member states.
The deal's main aim, he said, is to minimize the flow of the so-called secondary movement of migrants and refugees from point-of-entry countries - like Greece and Spain - to Germany.
Member countries could also set up migrant processing centres - but only on a voluntary basis - to determine whether the arrivals returned home as economic migrants or were admitted as refugees in willing states.
Notably absent is any overt support for French President Emmanuel Macron's plans for a eurozone budget, given the bitter opposition of the Netherlands and others.
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"They are more than equivalent in their effect", she said.
30 de junio de 2018, 11:48Berlin, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed today to house asylum seekers from other European nations in special reception centers, among other measures to halt migration, an official source said today. The government estimates that final number of asylum-seekers who might benefit from that agreement will not exceed hundred but, in turn, highlight importance of political message of alliance with Merkel, now overwhelmed by a crisis Internal because of immigration, and also rest of Europe.
In recent weeks, USA and Mexican officials have been discussing a somewhat different "safe third country" agreement, which could require Central American migrants crossing through Mexico to apply for settlement there, and allow the United States to send back asylum seekers who do not do so.
"When Dublin is reformed, we will get solidarity".
Two of the countries mentioned - Hungary and the Czech Republic - denied that any such deal had been reached. It was a big fight...
"Being rescued in the Mediterranean must not automatically become a ticket to central Europe", said Mr. Kurz, another supporter of the plan to screen migrants in North Africa.
"EU member states are abdicating their responsibility to save lives and are deliberately condemning people to be trapped in Libya or die at sea", charity Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said in a statement.