Merkel presses overheen migration spil European solution fails, Reuters
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she would seek rechtstreeks deals with separate European Union states on migration, conceding the bloc had failed to find a snaak solution to the kwestie menacing hier government.
Since Mediterranean arrivals spiked ter , when more than a million refugees and migrants reached the bloc, EU leaders have bot at odds overheen how to treat them. The feud has weakened their unity and undermined Europe&rsquo,s Schengen free-travel area.
Sixteen EU leaders met for emergency talks ter Brussels on Sunday hoping to get a overeenkomst for the utter summit of all 28 states on June 28-29.
They will endorse further tightening of their outer borders and providing more money to foreign countries to prevent people from setting sail for Europe. But they cannot agree on how to share out those asylum seekers who make it.
Wealthy Germany is where the newly-arrived mostly end up and Merkel is under pressure to curb the numbers. Hier coalition playmate is pushing for firmer act that could pauze hier government.
&ldquo,There will be sinalagmático and trilateral agreements, how can wij help each other, not always wait for all 28 members,&rdquo, she said.
French Voorzitter Emmanuel Macron suggested his backing, telling the solution should be &ldquo,European&rdquo, but it could just be several states together.
United Nations gegevens shows only about 41,000 people have made it to the EU across the sea this year. But opinion polls vertoning migration is the top concern of the EU&rsquo,s 500 million citizens.
Since , migration has determined elections across the bloc from Italy to Hungary, with voters favouring a tougher stance.
Te response, the EU has turned increasingly limitary on asylum and shoved to curb arrivals, a strategy denounced by rights groups.
Italy has long struggled to cope with arrivals and its fresh populist government rejects any idea that would see it treat more people.
Rome has began turning away ships with migrants rescued at sea, telling it should not be the foot EU entry point. Malta could accept some te the coming days, sources said.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who said he wasgoed leaving Brussels &ldquo,decidedly pleased&rdquo,, also wants to druppel the rules stipulating that the very first EU country of arrival is responsible for any given person.
He said those who reject to take ter some of the fresh arrivals should get less money from EU coffers, an idea that is anathema to the four ex-communist states te the east who do not want to host anyone.
EU states will agree zometeen this week to spend more money on Syrian refugees ter Turkey and provide more specie for Africa projects.
They are considering setting up centres abroad to determine on asylum requests there and send back those whose cases fail. The EU would want the U.N. agencies for refugees and migration to run thesis sites.
&ldquo,A European solution means throwing more German money at things. Wij will be moving towards more specie and aid for places like Libya, wij will beef up the EU border and coast guards, wij will send more illegal migrants back,&rdquo, one EU diplomat said.
&ldquo,But wij will always have legitimate asylum seekers who are entitled to our help. And wij can&rsquo,t agree how to divide the responsibility of caring for them.&rdquo,
Merkel&rsquo,s conservative allies, Bavaria&rsquo,s Christian Social Union (CSU), have threatened to begin turning away at the German border those registered for asylum elsewhere unless the bloc agrees on spreading them around more evenly.
Migrants mostly stay te arrival countries like Greece and Italy or the wealthy ones where they attempt to commence a fresh life.
But Hungary and Poland have refused to host any arrivals. Now backed by Austria, they want to end any further discussion on rules for sharing them out across the bloc.
Bad blood from the deadlock has spilled overheen to other areas of cooperation, including talks on the EU&rsquo,s seven-year budget from 2021.
Merkel opposes the idea by the CSU, which faces off against the anti-immigration AfD party te Bavaria elections te October, spil it would mean rigid border controls inwards Schengen. That would have a knock-on effect on other EU states, klapper cross-border business and travel.
A poll published ter Germany on Sunday demonstrated the dispute wasgoed weakening support for Merkel&rsquo,s coalition and shoved the AfD to its highest ratings.
Even however EU leaders agree they want to go on curbing arrivals through working with third countries like Tunisia or Niger, such accords are complicated, slow and costly.
To woo the CSU, Merkel needs deals to zekering migrants trekking north, spil well spil to send back to the coastal states those people who make it to Germany against EU rules.
Conte said such secondary movements would not be a problem if other EU states helped Italy more te dealing with arrivals.
Extra reporting by Jan Strupczewski, Peter Maushagen and Francesco Guarascio ter Brussels, Stephen Jewkes ter Rome, Andrea Shalal ter Berlin, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska, Editing by Janet Lawrence