What is the European Union preparing on immigration? Euronews Answers

by Garry Watts June 28, 2018, 0:32
What is the European Union preparing on immigration? Euronews Answers

Tensions between Italy and Malta also flared, with both European Union nations refusing to let a German rescue ship, the Lifeline, with more than 200 migrants and refugees aboard dock at their ports.

Two other ships carrying hundreds of migrants - the German NGO ship Lifeline and Danish container ship Alexander Maersk - are now in the Mediterranean awaiting instructions on where they will be allowed to dock.

The Italian government stepped up its efforts to discourage migration Sunday by telling a Spanish aid group it didn't need help rescuing 1,000 migrants from six dinghies because it had passed responsibility for the Mediterranean Sea mission to Libya's coast guard.

Salvini has repeatedly accused the charities of being complicit with human smugglers. She said the hope is to see if "we can reach bi-, tri- or even multinational agreements to better solve certain problems".

The plight of the stranded migrants lent a sense of urgency to the meeting in Brussels, which was riven with divisions and snubbed by countries taking a hardline on the issue.

The meeting, which began amid a flurry of mutual fingerpointing by France and Italy, is seen as crucial for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who faces her own political crisis at home.

Merkel, who is scrambling to prevent a mutiny in her government over migration, admitted there were still "some differences" but also "a great deal of common ground".

Yesterday French President Emmanuel Macron infuriated Rome by suggesting that Italy was not going through a "migration crisis".

Italy, which lies close to Libya, has taken in 650,000 boat migrants since 2014.

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With fears of new migrant surges in the future, diplomats have warned that the asylum reform impasse could destroy the EU's signature achievement of borderless travel within the bloc.

"Our top priority, if we want to save free movement within the Schengen area, is to ensure real, strict controls of the EU's external borders", Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said. It is taking place ahead of a critical European Union summit on Thursday and Friday.

Merkel, however, has acknowledged that "no solution will be reached" on the overall migration issue at either summit.

But several countries with anti-migrant governments, including Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, did not attend.

Macron has infuriated Italy by accusing it of "irresponsibility" for turning away migrant vessels and denouncing the "leprosy" of rising populism. If that fails, he vowed to order border police to turn back migrants, which means Merkel would be forced to back him or sack him.

Under the EU's so-called Dublin rules, asylum-seekers must be processed in the country where they first arrive, usually Italy, Greece and Spain.

European Union leaders have said an emergency summit on migration was positive but produced no firm conclusions. Italy, a front-line state to asylum seekers and migrants coming from northern Africa, is more focused on the initial arrivals and on avoiding what it says is an unfair burden that has been placed on it by countries to its north.

A potential failure to stem the flows of asylum seekers into Germany raises the possibility of a mutiny by Merkel's Bavarian coalition partners, which has threatened to defy the chancellor, risking a historic rift that could deny her alliance its majority. Germany's new hard-line interior minister, Horst Seehofer, has given her until the end of June to curb new migrant arrivals.

They had received food and water from Malta, and medical supplies and blankets provided by two other German rescue ships, the Sea-Eye and Sea-Watch, said Mission Lifeline spokesman Axel Steier.

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