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Macron's Bow to Italy Paves Way for Possible EU Migration Deal

  • Italy says EU states must share responsibility for refugees
  • Merkel faces weekend ultimatum from coalition ally on migrants
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French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte buried their differences and agreed on a set of proposals to better handle inflows of migrants, a trade-off that may form the basis of a compromise deal among European Union leaders.

The late-night draft centered on a combination of measures to strengthen the European Union’s external borders, sift out those migrants who aren’t eligible for asylum status and more “solidarity” in distributing those who are. Discussions continued well into the early hours of Friday amid resistance from Hungary, which has refused to accept any migrants under a previously agreed quota system.