EU leaders strike deal on migrants

Financial Times, Jun 29, 2018
by Michael Peel and Mehreen Khan

EU leaders struck a deal to send migrants rescued at sea to centres across the bloc as a more ambitious plan put forward by France and Italy was pared back following lengthy talks.

The battle over migration reopened old political divisions and an agreement was reached just before dawn on Friday, after Rome and Paris conceded that new measures to share asylum seekers would be voluntary.

The EU summit in Brussels, which was billed as a make-or-break negotiation for Angela Merkel, German chancellor, saw showdowns between Italy and anti-immigration leaders in Hungary and the Czech Republic, who rejected automatic refugee quotas.

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