European Union must change or risk losing Italian funds, says Italian Minister

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"We cannot have countries that benefit hugely from European Union solidarity and claim national self-interest when it comes to the issue of migrants", he said at a press conference in Paris alongside Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. The group wants to avoid increasing contributions to the EU budget, but a number of EU Member States - including Ireland, Malta, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg - vehemently oppose the idea of a single corporate tax as much of their competitiveness is founded on taxation.

"But the boat did not following these instructions", he said, adding that the next mistake was when Italy ordered the boat to sail towards Malta.

Italy's Infrastructure Minister Danilo Toninelli said the ship had broken the law by taking the migrants, even though the Libyan coastguard had already intervened to rescue them.

The Lifeline "is without the tools to guarantee safety to the migrants and crew", Toninelli said.

Salvini has likened such rescue ships to taxi services that finish the job for migrant smugglers.

Salvini has demanded that Malta, the EU's smallest country, allow the Lifeline to dock because it was in the island's waters.

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"It transpires that MV LIFELINE breached its obligations to abide by instructions given to them by the competent SAR authorities in this case, namely Libyan Y coastguard or Italian coastguard, whoever of these two was coordinating the case".

But she has since offered a key concession to French President Emmanuel Macron's call for such a fund, although she said in a recent interview that the total sum should be "at the lower end of the double-digit billions of euros range" - far less than what Paris had hoped for.

Without more global money, they say, refugees living in dire conditions in Lebanon will start leaving for Europe.

"We've also heard from our diplomatic sources that files that we thought were very close to agreement - ones about how you harmonize standards for protecting asylum seekers, where do you send those who have legitimate claims, how do you send back those who do not have legitimate claims - those files are now back in the deep freezer", Heath added.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker called for the crisis talks on migration between the leaders of 10 EU countries as the issue causes fresh divisions in Europe.

The YouGov poll showed that almost a third of Germans surveyed (32 percent) believe that the dispute could unseat Merkel's government, which is made up of the CDU, the CSU and the center-left Social Democrats.

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Data from the German interior ministry does indicate that the proportion of crimes committed by foreigners has gone up in the past five years, but this can not be attributed specifically to migrant arrivals.

French President Emmanuel Macron came out Saturday in support of financial sanctions against European Union countries which refuse to accept migrants.

News of rescue ships being turned away from European ports comes as the EU bloc grapples to find a solution to the refugee crisis.

"Be smart America!" said the president, who is under mounting pressure to end the separation of immigrant families on the southern USA border.

Both vowed steps to better protect the EU's external borders by boosting the Frontex agency, fighting human traffickers and creating a fairer system of burden-sharing within the bloc.

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