Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Germany and France agreed on the establishment of a Eurozone budget

Germany and France agreed on the establishment of a Eurozone budget

But the Aquarius defiantly vowed to continue its work and an AFP photographer on board said Saturday that it was now responding to distress call in Tunisian waters. Borrell had also spoken to Italian officials, she added.

Christian Lindner, head of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), said that "after 100 days of grand coalition, we can not criticize any of their major plans, because there are none".

The figure was a "conservative estimate", United Nations spokesman William Spindler said in Geneva on Friday.

Mission Lifeline denied Italy's accusations regarding the rescue in Libyan waters, saying it was the best equipped vessel to help.

Spain's decision last week to take in a rescue ship with 630 migrants, and France's offer to accept some of those eligible to apply for asylum, exemplifies the need to share the burden, they both said.

Mission Lifeline has said saving lives at sea is a not a violation of law but an global legal requirement.

Italy's new populist coalition government, which has taken a harsh stance on immigration, has warned that it will impound the Lifeline vessel, as well as another migrant rescue ship. "The rescue of human lives must be prioritized before border control".

Amid the mud-slinging, Spain's new Socialist government agreed to take charge of the migrants.

Salvini's tough talk came on the eve of an informal mini-summit of 16 leaders in Brussels to address the thorny issue of how the European Union can tackle the renewed influx of migrants and refugees seeking a new life in Europe. "On the contrary - we want to send away a few".

Sunday's meeting came amid growing pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel at home to find an EU-wide solution to the refugee crisis.

Spanish authorities said they had rescued almost 600 migrants trying to make the perilous crossing from Africa, while off the coast of Libya coastguards recovered bodies of five migrants and picked up 210 survivors, the coastguard said.

"They are in awful conditions, not only medical conditions but (also) psychological conditions, and they really need urgent medical care and psychological care", UNHCR spokesman Marco Rotunno told Reuters.

"If you don't have Borders, you don't have a Country!" Arrivals are down some 80 per cent this year to around 14,500, as migrants have turned to other routes.

She needs to get EU leaders at the June 28-29 summit to agree to share out asylum seekers more evenly to placate her conservative allies, Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) but countries like Italy are very reluctant.

While Europe's economy has picked up and there is no immediate sign of financial stress, many analysts say reforms are needed to protect the single currency.

Europe is no longer caught in the crux of a large Mediterranean migrant influx, as in 2015, he said.

Migrants not entitled to asylum should be returned directly to their country of origin and not via other countries, Macron said.

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