June 29, 2018
A bleary-eyed Angela Merkel stayed up all night to save her job by clinching an EU migration deal – after pizza was delivered during the marathon talks in Brussels.
The German Chancellor had been given an ultimatum from her hardline coalition partners to find a Europe-wide solution to the migrant crisis.
Merkel’s political allies, Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU), had called for borders to be closed to asylum seekers in a row that threatened to bring down her government.
But the 63-year-old emerged after nine hours of ‘toxic’ negotiations to reveal a ‘joint text’ which included moves to stop migrants registered in Italy and other EU countries from moving on to Germany.
Pizza was delivered at 2am as exhausted leaders thrashed out pledges to share out refugees arriving in the bloc on a voluntary basis, create ‘controlled centres’ inside the EU and to strengthen external borders.
Hours later – and as leaders reconvened for further talks this morning – reports emerged that up to 100 Europe-bound migrants were feared to have drowned off the Libyan coast.
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