- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says emergency talks European leaders held on migration didn’t yield any decisions but that the participants agreed they need to work together on the politically fraught issue.
- Sanchez told reporters that Sunday’s meeting involving the heads of at least 16 EU countries were “frank and open,” but “we don’t have any concrete consequences or conclusions.”
- He says: “Everyone agreed on the need to have a European vision; a common position on a common challenge.”
- As the meeting got started, several countries threw their weight behind the idea of setting up migrant reception centers in Africa to screen asylum-seekers before they depart for Europe.
- Italy’s firebrand interior minister is defending Italy’s decision to ask the Libyan coast guard to rescue an estimated 1,000 migrants without the help of aid groups.
- Barcelona Mayor Ada Colao, who previously offered Barcelona as a port when Italy refused entry to another aid group’s rescue ship, repeated her willingness to take in the migrants and urged Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to intervene to allow Proactiva’s ship to “save lives.”
- She said: “Italy wants to leave the migrants in the hands of Libya, where they torture, rape and enslave” migrants.
- Tensions between Italy and Malta are flaring anew over the fate of a German rescue ship with 234 migrants aboard that has been denied a port to disembark them.
- Malta’s home affairs minister, Michael Farrugia, and Italy’s transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, engaged in a Twitter war of words Sunday over which country was being more “inhuman” about the fate of the Lifeline and its passengers.
- Italy’s populist 5-Star Movement is demanding that European countries step up and actually take action to deal with hundreds of thousands of migrants on the continent, warning that the future of Europe is at stake.
- The 5-Stars, who are in a ruling coalition with the anti-migrant League party, penned a blog Sunday titled “The migrant hypocrisy sinks Europe” as EU leaders met in Brussels on migration.
Smashing Success, Not
There are far more points and times in the article but that gives an idea of how well the meeting didn't go.
By the way, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia all refused to attend the meeting. They flat out reject taking in migrants in general.
Instead of agreeing on anything other than the need to agree, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, a puppet for Matteo Salvini demanded the EU scrap the "Dublin Principle" which says migrants must apply for asylum in the first country in which they land.
Merkel Setup to Fail
Last week CSU leader Horst Seehofer agreed to let Merkel call this summit instead of following up on his threat of turning back refugees at the border.
By doing so, Seehofer gave Merkel enough rope in which she could hang herself. There was next to zero chance of a significant agreement at the summit.
When he follows through on rejecting migrants, she will fire him. The end of the CDU/CSU alliance will be on Merkel.
The German government is increasingly likely to collapse. Seehofer's moves were designed so that Merkel would get the blame.
Things can backfire, and there still could be some sort of last minute agreement but it looks unlikely.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock