EU Interior Ministers Meet After Italy Seeks Help on Migrants

The interior ministers of France, Germany and Italy, as well as the European Union commissioner in charge of migration, will meet for dinner in Paris on Sunday after Italy said it could no longer cope alone with arrivals from across the Mediterranean.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said June 29 that Italy needed the help of the EU after 10,000 migrants were rescued off its southern coast in one week alone. Italian officials have threatened they may bar entry to Italian ports of non-Italian ships carrying migrants picked up at sea, and have suggested rescued migrants be taken straight to other EU countries.

Sunday’s dinner involves France’s Gerard Collomb, Germany’s Thomas De Maiziere, Italy’s Marco Minniti, and the EU’s Dimitri Avramopoulos, the French Interior Ministry said.

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