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EU papers over differences after 'frank' migration talks

Jun. 24, 2018 4:02 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of 16 countries survived the "frank talk" of an emergency meeting on immigration and emerged with a veneer of common purpose Sunday as the European Union enters a potentially vital week for its unity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the meeting produced "a lot of goodwill"...

Italy declines aid ship help, hands migrant rescue to Libya

Jun. 24, 2018 2:35 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian government stepped up its efforts to discourage migration Sunday by telling a Spanish aid group it didn't need help rescuing 1,000 migrants from six dinghies because it had passed responsibility for the Mediterranean Sea mission to Libya's coast guard. The hard-line interior...

The Latest: No decisions at 'frank and open' migration talks

Jun. 24, 2018 2:00 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on immigration into Europe (all times local): 7:40 p.m. 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...

Debate over migrants divides EU; Mini-summit seeks solutions

Jun. 23, 2018 1:51 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With another migrant rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean and both Italy and Malta again refusing to let it dock, European Union leaders will try to find common ground for tackling a growing political crisis that is threatening to undermine the entire EU. The leaders of about 16...

The Latest: Macron wants asylum centers to hold migrants

Jun. 23, 2018 11:30 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on immigration issues in Europe (all times local): 5:30 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says that France and Spain want arriving migrants in Europe to be quickly placed in "closed centers" so authorities can decide whether they're eligible to apply for asylum. Macron spoke...

Italy's interior minister says Malta should take rescue boat

Jun. 22, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's populist, anti-migrant interior minister said Friday that Malta should allow a Dutch-flagged rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants rescued from rubber dinghies off the Libyan coast to make port there because the ship is now in Maltese waters. "We ask humanly and politically that...

The Latest: 12 hurt when van with migrants flips in Croatia

Jun. 22, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants in Europe (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Police say a van carrying migrants has overturned in northwestern Croatia injuring twelve people. Police said the accident happened early Friday when the Hungarian driver of the van lost control of the vehicle and hit...

EU countries prepare mini-summit as migration row festers

Jun. 20, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders from a group of European Union countries, led by Germany and France, will meet Sunday to thrash out possible solutions to a divisive row over migrants. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose own government is in crisis over the management of migrant arrivals, is expected to join the...

The Latest: Migrant ship passengers represent 31 countries

Jun. 17, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 4:00 p.m. The United Nations refugee agency is warning against a repeat of the standoff that left a private rescue ship carrying 629 migrants at sea for a week. A convoy consisting of the aid ship Aquarius and two...

Sea convoy reaches Spain as migration debate roils Europe

Jun. 17, 2018 3:47 PM EDT

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — An aid group's ship and two Italian military vessels docked Sunday at the Spanish port of Valencia, ending a weeklong ordeal for hundreds of people who were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea only to become pawns in a European political fight. The Italian coast guard vessel Dattilo...