German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed his stance on the issue of migrant arrivals, stating that Italy should not be left alone to handle the situation.
Ahead of a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in Rome, Scholz emphasised the need for solidarity and responsibility among European countries.
He acknowledged the significant challenges faced by Italy, Greece, and other Mediterranean nations due to the increasing number of arrivals at their borders.
Scholz called for a joint distribution of responsibility and competences among EU member states, highlighting Germany’s previous intake of Ukrainian war refugees and refugees from other countries.
Meanwhile, Italy urged other EU countries to contribute more and share the burden of migration, given its longstanding position as a frontline state.
The EU interior ministers gathered in Luxembourg to discuss a revision of the bloc’s asylum and migration rules, with the prospects of reaching a deal still uncertain due to divergent views among member states.