>> He who arrives in Italy lands in Europe. That's the central message of an Italian proposal presented to EU leaders on Sunday. 16 of them were in Brussels for a hastily arranged meeting to discuss disputes over migration laying ground work for a formal EU summit at the end of next week.
The Italian document makes it clear that Rome wants to see an end to the so-called Dublin Regulation, which stipulates that a country where an asylum seeker enters the EU is responsible for handling their request. It's a divisive issue, as shown when Italy and then Malta refused to take a ship carrying more than 600 migrants.
It was stranded at sea for days before being given safe haven in Spain. That sparked a war of words between French president Emmanuel Macron and Italy's new anti-establishment government. On Sunday, Macron said there is a crisis in so-called secondary movements. The movement of people within the Shengen area.
And said it was important make changes to the Dublin procedures. His EU reform ally, Germany's Angela Merkel meanwhile conceded that the EU block has failed to find the drone solution to the issue of migration. She said she'd be seeking direct deals with separate EU states.