Italy, Germany leaders clash as migration rows split EU

Italy, Germany leaders clash as migration rows split EU

With an eye on further curbing arrivals, the bloc's top migration official, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said separately on Thursday EU states should make asylum assistance uniform to discourage refugees from moving between member states.

And Italy's new Government has unveiled a sweeping set of anti-immigration proposals that would more quickly send migrants back out of Europe.

Without immigration, Europe "will become empty", he said.

Tensions between Italy and Malta also flared, with both European Union nations refusing to let a German rescue ship with 234 migrants aboard dock at their ports.

Lebanese caretaker foreign minister Gebran Bassil has this month accused the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR and foreign countries of preventing Syrians returning home. The devolved administration of Scotland - concerned about its aging population and shrinking work force - has for some years proclaimed itself more welcoming to immigrants than the British government in London.

European Union states have waged migration wars since arrivals spiked across the Mediterranean in 2015, when more than one million refugees and migrants reached its shores across the Mediterranean.

The Bavarian conservatives - the CSU - are longtime allies of Merkel's conservatives - the CDU. The CSU has given her till early next month to come up with a compromise; most Germans presently believe she will fail to do so.

On Monday, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer gave Ms Merkel two weeks to find a solution to end the influx of asylum seekers entering German soil, otherwise, he would order border police to turn the migrants around.

In the message of analytical Agency, notes that most supporters of Merkel among "leftists". But Merkel has warned it could be hard to reach a deal in a politically divided Europe.

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European Union leaders are set to try and find common ground for tackling migrants arriving on Europe's shores in search of better lives.

Malta also refused both the Aquarius and Lifeline permission to dock at its ports.

A lot of them are between coastal states of arrival like Italy and rich destination states like Germany, where governments have felt heat from voters over managing the new arrivals.

Merkel is visiting the Middle East amid a serious domestic row over migration that's straining her ruling coalition. This toughening stance begins to move the Western European EU members closer to the Central Europeans - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia - all of which have refused to take the quota of migrants decided for them by the EU.

In the June 22 letter, Braun said Merkel's agreement to form a euro zone budget was in line with budgetary provisions included in the German coalition agreement signed in February.

Italy has long struggled to cope with arrivals and its new populist government rejects any ideas that would see it handle even more people. "Migration thus appears as a threat to the hard-won national independence".

On Monday, the US President Donald Trump waded into Germany's debate with a series of tweets criticising Ms Merkel's open-border policy.

"The meeting on Sunday is a consultation and working meeting at which there will be no concluding statement", Merkel told a news conference on Friday during a visit to Lebanon. Least of all supporters of the Chancellor was among the representatives of right-wing party "Alternative for Germany".