Italy to seize NGO rescue ships as migrant row deepens

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"The latest drownings show how important our sea rescue efforts are, and that not a single rescue ship can be missed", said Mission Lifeline founder Axel Steier.

On Thursday, Toninelli had claimied the Italian coastguard would pick up the 224 migrants, including 14 women and four small children, from Lifeline because it was too risky for the 32-metre vessel to travel to the Netherlands with so many on board. "We ask humanly and politically that Malta finally opens one of its ports and lets these desperate people disembark", and then seize the ship, Salvini said.

The UNHCR has issued a new new statement on the situation: "UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is shocked and saddened by reports that some 220 people drowned off Libya in recent days while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe".

Several EU leaders will hold special talks on migration in Brussels on Sunday to try to find answers ahead of a major summit next week, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said.

National border controls would undermine the EU's system of free travel and could cause a German government crisis.

The leaders of frontline states Italy and Greece will also be involved, as well as Austria and Bulgaria, who are the incoming and outgoing holders of the EU's rotating six-month presidency, European sources told AFP.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte leave after a news conference at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, June 18, 2018.

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Her hardline interior minister Horst Seehofer on Monday gave her a two-week ultimatum to reach European Union deals with already heavily burdened European Union frontline states such as Italy and Greece to allow Germany to turn back asylum seekers who previously registered in another member country.

With an eye on further curbing arrivals, the bloc's top migration official, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said separately on Thursday EU states should make asylum assistance uniform to discourage refugees from moving between member states.

"I am working for the coalition to do its tasks as set out in the coalition agreement", Merkel said, speaking alongside Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. "Let's just say we don't belong to this migrant-loving group of friends, and neither do we want to partake", he said.

It contained key elements Merkel needs to placate her rebellious coalition partner, the Bavaria-based Christian Social Union (CSU) and its head, Horst Seehofer, who is also Germany's interior minister.

"The SPD is prepared for all scenarios", SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil said.

Some 640,000 migrants have landed in Italy since 2014.

Der Spiegel had reported that the party was making preparations, which would include deciding who would run for the job of chancellor.


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