European Union leaders fail to agree on migration deal

European Union leaders fail to agree on migration deal

European Union leaders fail to agree on migration deal

European Union leaders remained divided over dealing with refugees and accepting migrants as a two-day meeting on migration opened in Brussels on Thursday. Countries like Poland and Hungary are refusing to accept a share of the new arrivals to alleviate the burden on Italy and Greece, who are struggling to cope.

Mr Conte said: "Italy does not need more words, but concrete actions".

"As one member reserved their position on the entire conclusions, no conclusions have been agreed at this stage".

"I can not tell you that everything is settled", the French diplomat briefed reporters on the summit sidelines.

"But it is significant that we have been able to work with the Italian prime minister and make advances on the idea of "controlled centers" that are backed by greater European support".


Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte blocked the adoption of European Union statements on trade and defense at an EU summit on Thursday, to put pressure on his peers to agree to Italy's stance on migration, European diplomats said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks past Alexander Gauland (L), parliamentary group co-leader of Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), at the beginning of a session at the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) on June 28, 2018 in Berlin.

"Europe has many challenges but migration could end up determining Europe's destiny", she told German lawmakers.

"Either we manage it, so others in Africa believe that we are guided by values and believe in multilateralism, not unilateralism, or nobody will believe any longer in the system of values that has made us strong", she added.

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