France and Germany seek migration solutions as rescue ships left adrift

Italy doubles down on anti-migrant stance ahead of EU summit

Italy doubles down on anti-migrant stance ahead of EU summit

Encouraged by a deal with Turkey that has slashed migrant and refugee arrivals from there by 97 percent since 2015 - when hundreds of thousands of people entered, mostly refugees fleeing war in Syria and Iraq - the 28-nation European Union is ready to green light plans to set up screening centres in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia.

That means that whatever is agreed upon Sunday, it would still face a full test when the full two-day European Union summit starts on Thursday.

A failure to find agreement could threaten the EU's border-free travel area, one of the biggest accomplishments of the bloc's 60-year history.

"Our public opinion is asking for this", Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said when arriving for the talks, adding he would propose his new ideas on migration.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the meeting produced "a lot of goodwill" to resolve differences over how to manage the refugees and economic migrants who are willing to risk their lives to reach Europe.

"We cannot have countries that benefit hugely from European Union solidarity and claim national self-interest when it comes to the issue of migrants", he said at a press conference in Paris alongside Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

"Once on European soil, we are in favour of setting up closed centres in accordance with the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).so that each country takes people who are entitled to asylum in an organised way", Macron said.

"There is no plan, only proposals from the ones and the others", admitted French president Emmanuel Macron.

Mrs Le Pen added French President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs Merkel, his top EU ally, had "isolated themselves on the European scene" due to their soft approach on illegal immigration. He mentioned Libya - the main jumping off point for countries bound for Europe - other African countries and the Balkans.

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Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini quickly hailed the news that a second migrant ship he had turned away would be taken in elsewhere. The current rules effectively mean migrants only can apply for asylum in the country where they first arrive, usually Italy or Greece.

In answer to comments by French President Emmanuel Macron, who said migration flows towards Europe had declined compared with a few years ago, Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said Macron's words showed he was out of touch.

Mr Macron pointed to the sharp drop in Mediterranean crossings since 2015 as proof that the crisis is now mainly "political", fuelled by the rise of anti-immigration populists.

The planned seizure of the Lifeline and Seefuchs comes amid a deepening row over migrant rescues after Italy's new populist government refused earlier this month to take in a stranded rescue ship carrying 630 migrants.

Since assuming office several weeks ago, Italy's new government has refused to admit foreign-flagged rescue ships packed with hundreds of migrants.

Italy has accused him of "arrogance" and placed the responsibility for saving migrants in the Mediterranean squarely at the feet of Libya, much of which is lawless.

Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic - the so-called Visegrad Four countries - have said they will boycott the mini-summit because of opposition to calls from Western EU counterparts, particularly Germany, for all member states to "share the burden" and accept a quota of migrants.

Like everything to do with migrants in Europe lately, even this meeting is proving controversial.

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