A short format EU summit on migration is taking place in Brussels on Sunday, June 24.
Hosted by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the informal meeting was requested by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and is set to gather leaders of other key European states particularly affected by the migration crisis. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban confirmed that all Eastern European state members of the Visegrad Four, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, will not attend the summit.
The meeting takes place amidst Merkel’s stand-off with Horst Seehofer, German Interior Minister and leader of Merkel’s coalition partner, the Christian Social Union, which is threatening the stability of the German government. Seehofer previously put forward a strategy which would bar all asylum-seekers registered in other EU states from entering Germany, unless a bloc-wide ‘European solution’ deal could be reached to share immigration and asylum seekers’ movements.