No EU agreement on national quotas for migrants


Jean-Claude Juncker

The EU wanted to oblige member countries to share 40,000 Syrians and Eritreans requiring international protection who are expected to arrive in Italy and Greece over the next two years

EU leaders accepted, early on Friday, after a marathon night of tense and emotional confrontations, to distribute asylum seekers without binding quotas.

Determined not to be dragged into negotiations over Greece's debt debacle at their summit in Brussels, leaders instead found themselves sparring for seven hours about whether to take in 40,000 Syrian and Eritrean asylum seekers now in Italy and Greece and another 20,000 people currently outside the EU.

They eventually agreed a voluntary sc...

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