Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

European Union leaders reach migration deal after marathon talks

European Union leaders reach migration deal after marathon talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that "we still have a lot of work to do to bridge the different views", but said it was "a good signal" that the European Union had agreed a common text.

"Now More and more politicians realize that migrations from Africa will stay a long-term challenge", he said.

In their deal the leaders made an offer to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who faces a rebellion from within her own coalition government, with moves to stop migrants registered in Italy and other European Union countries from moving to Germany.

Mr Varadkar said EU leaders committed to working with African countries, supporting them to build up governance, to build up security and economic opportunity, providing an extra €500 million to the European Trust Fund for Africa.

Striking a pessimistic tone ahead of the trip, Juncker said he was not sure he would resolve the issue and chided the Trump administration for seeking to deal with member states on a bilateral basis rather than the bloc as a whole.

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But the political tremors are still being felt across Europe, with populist, anti-immigrant parties on the rise in many countries.

On Thursday, the European Council summit agreed on several aspects of EU migration policy, including the establishment of "regional disembarkation platforms in close cooperation with relevant third countries" and controlled centers in the EU member states.

The costly endeavor reflects the anxiety in Europe over migration, which has turned into a political crisis even though the number of people reaching Europe's shores this year has dropped substantially.

Italy's stance has revived political tensions in the European Union, despite the fact that arrivals have dipped by 96 percent since the peak of Europe's migration crisis in 2015, and sparked warnings that authoritarian movements will take advantage of any failure to tackle migration. Zerouali said that some 25,000 have been stopped so far this year. "If we don't agree on them then you will see some really tough proposals from some really tough guys."Ms Merkel agreed, rejecting the idea of unilaterally turning back migrants at the border". Her conservative coalition is under pressure from the far-right Alternative for Germany. Proponents of the border closure say whether people are fleeing war, oppression or poverty shouldn't matter. "So I think in order to restore the European democracy, we have to move to that direction."But there were words of support for Ms Merkel from other leaders, including those of Spain and Luxembourg, whose prime minister, Xavier Bettel, said: "If we have countries saying this and that is a red line, we will never get an agreement". DPA, a Germany news agency, reported Saturday that Merkel has secured "rapid return" migration deals with 14 countries: Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden.

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