It took nearly nine hours of grinding negotiations, but as the dawn broke over Brussels yesterday morning the European Union had once again papered over their yawning differences on the bloc’s three-year-old migration crisis.
Europe’s bleary-eyed leaders emerged each able to claim something they could call a ‘victory’ out of the 12-paragraph communique that barely concealed the continent’s growing east-west divide.
Angela Merkel was frank. She said there was still “a lot of work to do to bridge the different views” but came away with a vital pledge to take “all necessary” measures to stop migrants registered in Italy and other EU frontline countries from moving to Germany.
The German chancellor…
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