EU's Juncker: "Many governments" defying common sense on migration

The European Union's migration crisis is being aggravated by "many" national governments running away from common sense solutions, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says.

"I'd like common sense to regain its rightful place in Europe: the problem is that many governments are being chased by common sense, but they are running faster than common sense," Juncker says after meeting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome.

"I am not giving up: I would like decisions on relocations to be finally implemented," Juncker says, adding that "barriers do not solve any problem, on the contrary, they make them worse for other European Union countries, especially in southern Europe and the Balkans."

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49
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