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'Either there is solidarity, or there isn't' - Matteo Renzi on migration in Summit

Kevin Schembri Orland from Brussels Thursday, 25 June 2015, 23:37 Last update: about 9 years ago

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told the EU council that if they do not accept the relocation of 40,000 migrants, then "you do not deserve to be called Europe," sources within the EU have said.

According to the source, Renzi also said, continuing his statement - "if this is your idea of Europe keep it. Either there is solidarity or don't waste our time".

The EU Prime Ministers are still in the behind closed doors European Council meeting, and discussions have turned to migration.

This statement indicates that there seems to be tension in the room, and that debate is in full swing.

Part of discussions focus on the distribution of some 40,000 migrants from Greece, however it is not yet completely clear whether this will be done through a voluntary process by countries, or a mandatory one.


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