Germany: Berlin aiming to reach agreement with Greece, Spain on migration policies

The German Federal Press Secretary said that Germany, Greece and Spain had confirmed their intention to reach an agreement on joint work on migration policies, during a press conference in Berlin on Monday. The envisaged agreement would handle «the aspect that both states, Greece and Spain, are ready to receive those asylum-seekers again who are registered in EURODAC [European Dactyloscopy] and... Еще who were discovered by German authorities on the Germany-Austria border,» Federal Press Secretary Steffen Seibert said. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met with his Bulgarian counterpart Ekaterina Zakharieva in Berlin on Monday. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Adebahr said that both ministers had agreed that the migrant crisis should lead to a «European solution, to solidarity. The treatment of all asylum-seekers and migrants should meet the standards of a civil state,» she said. «The position of the German government is that no one should drown in the Mediterranean Sea but, on the other hand, also the people smugglers' trade should be stopped,» Adebahr added. Interior Ministry spokesperson Annegret Korff said that Interior Minister Horst Seehofer's aim was to «prevent smugglers from exposing asylum-seekers to lethal danger.» Seehofer's CSU has been embroiled in an ongoing dispute with Merkel's CDU over asylum and migration policy, with Seehofer pushing for a more hard-line stance.

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