Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says he still needs to talk before signing the readmission agreement for refugees with Germany. This contradicts the statements of Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU). This had said in the Bundestag on Thursday, the agreement was negotiated, it was missing only Salvinis and his signature.
One day later, at a migration conference in Vienna, Salvini met Stephan Mayer, Parliamentary State Secretary in Seehofer's ministry. It was said that it was still negotiating the details of the agreement to withdraw asylum seekers from the border. Previously, Italian ministry circles said that Salvini had not yet signed the agreement and wanted to talk about it in Vienna. The Italian minister will not accept an agreement that would bring Italy even one more refugees, it was said.
According to the federal government, the agreement provides that migrants who want to cross the German-Austrian border and have previously applied for asylum in Italy will be sent back to Italy within 48 hours. Similar agreements already exist with Spain and Greece.
The spokeswoman of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Eleonore Petermann, said in Berlin, "that the political agreement stands". The content of the planned agreement was "a compensation mechanism, which means that for every person rejected, Germany will undertake to take in a rescuer out of a migrants". At present, details of a "technical agreement" are being negotiated. For example, it deals with the question of whether asylum seekers should be returned by land or by plane.