Spain rescues 569 migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Africa

Spain rescues 569 migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Africa

Kerry Wise
June 24, 2018

Additionally, Seehofer told a local daily on Friday that he would not back away from his controversial "migration master plan", which foresees turning away most of the asylum-seekers at Germany's border.

"Be smart America!" said the president, who is under mounting pressure to end the separation of immigrant families on the southern U.S. border.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is at odds with her interior minister, Horst Seehofer, about how to decrease the influx of migrants to the country. "The crisis we are experiencing today in Europe is a political crisis".

According to Merkel, the budget should promote investment growth and lead to a gradual lessening of the differences in the development of the economies of the countries in which there is a single European currency.

Immigration figures are now much lower, with only 41,000 sea arrivals so far this year, according to United Nations data.

Some 16 EU leaders are set to tackle the migration issue at a mini-summit on Sunday, ahead of a critical full European leaders summit later in the week. Hundreds of thousands migrated onward to Europe, embarking on risky sea routes at the mercy of smugglers.

Italy had been riled because a leaked draft statement focused more on the redistribution of the migrants once they had arrived in Europe, rather than on securing Europe's borders.

Italy's new government has banned on NGO migrant rescue ships from docking at its ports and urged Malta to take in the Lifeline.

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Macron agreed to the need for "a European response to the challenge of migration", saying Europe must have "more capacity" to monitor its external borders but also more "solidarity mechanisms both outside and inside our borders" faced with migrant arrivals.

"I hope very much that our German neighbors succeed in finding a joint government position", said Kurz, whose country takes over the rotating European Union presidency July 1.

"We in Germany have to admit that we need to get better", said Merkel, adding that the biggest worry was the country's transport sector, which has seen emissions rise slightly compared to 1990.

But Italy, where a new government includes the anti-immigrant League, made clear it was not willing to play along.

Horst Seehofer, CSU leader and Germany's interior minister, wants to turn away migrants who have already registered in other European Union states but Merkel opposes any unilateral move to reverse her 2015 open-door policy and undermine her authority.

Macron said Europe, with its rise in populist rightwing forces, faces "a moment of truth" and must seek common ground on migration as well as economic, political, financial, environmental and defence issues. It said it picked up additional migrant passengers during another rescue overnight, and now was heading north with 234 on board.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Friday called on Malta to take in a rescue vessel carrying more than 200 migrants, and insisted the NGO-operated ship be impounded and its crew detained.

"In the last four years, Italy has taken in 650,000 boat migrants and received 450,000 requests for asylum".