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> The deal took place in an atmosphere of political crisis, not least for German chancellor, Angela Merkel, says Reuters, Madeline Chambers.>> Angela Merkel is under intense pressure to deliver a deal in Brussels that's gonna satisfy her Bavarian conservative partners, they want to take national action.
Europe's 2015 spike in immigration has continued to haunt the block, despite a sharp drop in arrivals this year.>>
They have said that if she doesn't come back with a deal that satisfies them, they're going to reject people at the German border who are already registered in other EU states. Merkel completely rejects this because it would undermine her whole open-doors migrant policy, and she also argues that this would destroy the Schengen open border system that is a big part of the EU.
>> French President, Emmanuel Macron, hailed the agreement a victory for European cooperation. While Italy's Euroskeptic Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, who had had threatened to torpedo any deal that didn't meet Italy's demands, also cheered it, saying, Italy is not alone anymore. Diplomats described the meeting as tense and tortured with small groups of leaders huddled together in a desperate bid to break the deadlock and divert the humiliation of heading home without a deal.
In a final statement, leaders agree to set up joint asylum processing sites, restrict migrant moves within the block, and increase financing for Turkey, Morocco, and other North African states to prevent migration to Europe.