Rome Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni have appealed to the other 25 EU governments to agree to an EU asylum reform. “It will be difficult if we pass the problems on to the other partners,” said Meloni on Thursday after meeting Scholz.
“I am absolutely convinced that we will come to a solution,” she added, referring to the deliberations of the EU interior ministers. The chancellor also warned that attempts to reach an agreement would fail if the problems of the increasing number of refugees were not tackled together.
He hopes for an agreement between the interior ministers on Thursday “or soon at the latest,” said Scholz. He renewed the offer to the refugees’ countries of origin to sign contracts for legal migration to Germany.
Meloni announced that she would travel to Tunisia with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Many boats with migrants who are trying to get to the EU via the Mediterranean are currently starting from the North African country.
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