WORLD EU summit agrees deal on migration: Tusk

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EU summit agrees deal on migration: Tusk

AFP

11:05, June 29, 2018

EU leaders reached a deal on migration after all-night talks, the bloc's president Donald Tusk said Friday, after Italy had blocked an agreement until it got more help on the issue.

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives at the EU summit threatening to block a joint statement on migration unless Italy gets more help (Photo: AFP)

"EU28 leaders have agreed on #euco (European Council) conclusions incl. migration," Tusk said on Twitter. 

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel added: "Deal agreed on migration."

Italy's new hardline Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who heads Italy's month-old populist and anti-immigration government, took the rare step of blocking the joint conclusions from the meeting in Brussels, as tensions boiled over.

Italy has been pushing for years to have EU member countries do more to share responsibility for asylum seekers landing on Italian shores.

Conte said upon arriving for the summit that began at 3 pm (1300 GMT Thursday) that he had seen many signs of support during his previous individual meetings with EU leaders but wanted them translated into action.

He warned he might veto the conclusions on migration before later hardening his position to block all the conclusions, including on security and defence, jobs, growth and economic competitiveness.

EU sources had described the talks as "virulent".

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