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Ministers of the Interior are advocating to reinforce the EU's external borders

The 28 still do not resolve the distribution of migrants arriving in Europe

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Ministers of the Interior are advocating to reinforce the EU's external borders

The need to reach a European consensus on thorny issue of migration and difficulty of approaching positions was again evident this Thursday in Innsbruck, where ministers of Interior of EU met. Reinforcing Union's external borders was one of objectives repeated in Austrian city. On how to achieve this and, above all, how to organise distribution of asylum seekers once y are within territory of 28 re was no significant progress. Rome, Vienna and Munich joined forces again to try to make European decisions towards ir extremist positions.

The Italian representative, Matteo Salvini, was optimistic despite lack of concretion, aware that he is not alone in his hard-line defense against migration. "I have never seen in Europe blowing winds of change like those of now," he said at press conference. Salvini explained that changes go through making migrants not reach Europe and return those who arrive.

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Despite fact that migrants ' arrivals have plummeted in Europe, it is a matter that has become first line of political debate, driven by rise of European populist parties. "The discussion has revolved around what happened in 2015. A lot of people had feeling that re was a loss of control. That feeling persists, estimated Herbert Kickl, Austrian Interior holder of ultra-right wing party FPÖ. "We have to admit that fundamental problems persist [...], re is a need for a paradigm shift," said host minister, whose country holds presidency of Union's turn and defends a hard-handed policy on migration matters. "There has been a big agreement on need to reinforce Frontex," said Kickl.

Kickl and his German counterparts, Horst Seehofer, and Italian, Matteo Salvini, held early in morning a trilateral breakfast to bring positions. Vienna, Rome and Munich ( capital of Bavaria, German state where CSU, Seehofer party governs) have proposed to forge an ultraconservative political axis of action within EU. After meeting, y indicated that y will unite efforts to reinforce EU's external borders, with idea of limiting arrival of migrants to maximum. "We have agreed that we want to put order," said Austrian representative. "We want to send message that it will not be possible to tread European soil unless it is entitled to international protection," he added. The three will meet again in Vienna on 19 July to advance ir migratory project.

One of strategies on which ministers later became involved in Innsbruck was what y call "sticks and carrots" system, whereby compensation would be offered to third countries to work toger to curb migration to Europe and punish those who Don't cooperate. The European Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, also spoke of proposal to reinforce Frontex to reach up to 10,000 border guards in coming years.

Horst Seehofer, Minister of Interior, construction and German homeland, maintained a conciliatory tone and explained that citizens call on EU "solutions" and not just "declarations of intent". The German minister said that "we must not let traffickers of people decide which country migrants come from," he said, referring to German idea of establishing a system of distribution between countries of Union.

Seehofer is increasingly questioned in Germany because of crisis of government that provoked in recent weeks following a disagreement on immigration policy with chancellor, Angela Merkel. This week, Seehofer's statements welcomed that his 69 birthday coincided with number of Afghan deported by Germany has raised a new political storm, especially after knowing that one of deportees committed suicide little After returning to Afghanistan.

Seehofer is also under intense pressure to obtain bilateral agreements with countries such as Italy or Austria, to return asylum seekers who had initiated procedure in those countries. These pacts should be signed at beginning of August. In Innsbruck, re was also no announcement of any progress on that terrain. Before speaking of accepting migrants, Rome demands results in construction of a kind of European fortress.

The German government announced at end of June after European summit that it had reached agreements between Spain and Greece to return asylum seekers who had passed through those countries. However, it is necessary to specify how se returns will be organized and what legal lace y have in Dublin Regulation.

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