Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel said the EU mini-summit on migration in Brussels was not about the survival of German chancellor Angela Merkel.
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16 EU leaders prepare for crucial Council meeting on tackling migration as Trump calls for summary return of immigrants and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is returned as Turkish president. Delano’s breakfast briefing.
EU seeks compromise on migration
Government leaders from 16 EU countries met in Brussels on Sunday for an informal summit aimed at preparing common ground on migration ahead of this week’s Council meeting. Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel said a rapid solution was required, “because the current system is not tenable in the case of crises or of massive arrivals.” But Bettel also insisted the meeting was “not about the survival of a chancellor,” as German leader Angela Merkel faces a crisis within her government over the issue. The Washington Post reports that Donald Tusk once again proposed that holding camps outside the EU may be a solution. French president Emmanuel Macron suggested the crisis was more about politics than actual migration. But Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has said EU members should share responsibility for migrants rescued at sea and should be punished for refusing to take in refugees.
Trump calls for suspension of law at border
US president Donald Trump appeared to call for the suspension of the rule of law in dealing with migration and asylum seekers. Saying the United States could not allow immigrants to “invade our Country”, Trump tweeted his proposal that “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came.”
Erdogan claims victory
Incumbent president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was in buoyant mood after he declared victory in Turkey’s presidential election on Sunday. With 99% of votes counted, he has won 52.54% of the national vote while main opposition candidate, Muharrem İnce, only gained just over 30%. Addressing a crowd in Ankara, Erdogan said he would continue to fight terrorism and increase the “international prestige” of Turkey, The Guardian reported.
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker was handed a Cork Gaelic football shirt bearing the number 27 at the end of his two-day visit to Ireland on Friday. Simon Coveney handed Juncker the shirt as a parting gift during a visit to the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Croke Park, in acknowledgement of his role representing the EU27 members.
Today's breakfast briefing was compiled by Duncan Roberts