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European Union migrant crisis: Italy presents overhaul plan at mini-summit
July 21 2018, 07:56 | Irvin Gilbert
Italian transport minister Danilo Toninelli criticised Malta on his Facebook page
Referring to the coastguard's announcement, Ms Trenta said: "We are talking about the section of the sea that is close to Libya, which has been delimited and that we call the Search and Rescue area (SAR)".
"These boats can forget about reaching Italy, I want to stop the business of trafficking and mafia".
European leaders failed to breach bitter divisions over migration during a mini-summit in Brussels Sunday, making chances increasingly slim they will reach any significant deal for managing the ongoing influx of economic migrants and asylum-seekers at a full-blown European Union meeting later this week.
German charity Mission Lifeline, whose rescue ship with nearly 240 African migrants aboard has been denied entry by Italy, Sunday fired back at Rome's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini.
Mrs Merkel, who is fighting a domestic political crisis with her coalition partners over migration, said she was seeking "bilateral and trilateral" deals to cope with short-term migration pressures.
The Libyan navy said five people died and almost 200 were rescued off its coast while trying to cross the Mediterranean. "Come here, you are welcome!" said the charity's reply.
The UN's refugee agency forecasts around 80,000 migrants and refugees will enter Europe by sea in 2018 if current trends continue.
Amid the mud-slinging, Spain's new Socialist government agreed to take charge of the migrants and the ship eventually made a weeklong voyage to Valencia.
Malta also refused to take the ship in, but delivered humanitarian aid.
Salvini said Friday that Malta should open its ports to the Lifeline, adding: "Clearly, the boat should immediately be impounded and its crew arrested".
The CSU last week gave Merkel days to come up with a European agreement on resettling migrants before CSU Interior Minister Horst Seehofer starts turning refugees back at the border - an ultimatum widely seen as a bid to win over supporters from AfD. The ship was waiting south of Sicily awaiting further instructions from the authorities.
The Alexander Maersk changed course after picking up a distress call Friday, a spokesman for Maersk Line said, without specifying where the migrtants were rescued.
But another rescue ship, the Lifeline of the German NGO Mission Lifeline, was stranded in the Mediterranean off Malta after both Italy and Malta refused to let it dock with its 234 migrants.
A group of European Union countries with governments firmly opposed to migration wants a go-it-alone approach.
Steier said 14 women and four children were among those on board.
The charity said on Saturday that the ship was in global waters to the south of Malta.
The EU "must have a common migration policy. based on solidarity, responsibility and respect for human rights", Sanchez said.
The Forsa poll, published after Ms Merkel and other European Union leaders failed to come up with a bloc-wide policy on immigration at a conference in Brussels, showed the issue was still top of the agenda in Bavaria.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel - facing a ferocious political backlash for letting in over one million asylum seekers into Europe's biggest economy - played down expectations of a quick solution.
Observers say Merkel is more vulnerable now than at any other point in her 13-year leadership.
Spanish authorities said they had rescued almost 600 migrants trying to make the perilous crossing from Africa, while off the coast of Libya coastguards recovered bodies of five migrants and picked up 210 survivors, the coastguard said.
According to the data of the International Organization for Migrants (IOM), 52,240 migrants or refugees arrived in Europe as of June 20 this year, compared to 186,768 in 2017 and 390,432 in 2016.