Merkel and Orban clash over migrant policy amid European Union divisions

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"The problem I see, and where (our) difference lies, is that we must always remember and never forget that this is about human beings", Merkel told reporters. Kurz said he was "convinced there are countries that are willing to work with us in the spirit of partnership", though he did not name them.

After all-night talks, European Union leaders agreed that unspecified non-EU countries should host migrant-processing centres to try to prevent people risking their lives making risky sea crossings to Europe.

While he expressed a willingness to talk, Orban said his position hadn't changed over the past three years. "We have to be humane without creating a pull-factor, and the only way we know of doing that is closing the borders and taking help (to those countries), and not let in people who bring trouble".

Mr Orban said it was essential to remove pull factors that he said were encouraging people in Africa and Asia to migrate.

Last week she even thanked the Hungarian leader for his efforts to bolster the EU's external borders, while Orban declared the "enormous success" of his tough stance in the conclusion of an European Union summit last week.

German officials are laying the groundwork for the deals they will also need to reach with neighboring countries to return migrants if the plan is to have any chance of working.

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They were expected to talk all day Saturday before Pompeo heads to Tokyo to brief Washington's Japanese and South Korean allies. Trump raised the issue when he met with Kim in Singapore and Pompeo also talked about it during his latest visit to Pyongyang.

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) has reached an agreement on migration with the other parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition, its head said on Thursday, stressing that there would be no transit centres of any kind.

Austria had feared that Germany was exporting these asylum claimants, prompting Kurz to warn that he could introduce controls along the southern border.

"The affected refugees are not in custody, they could eventually leave Germany at any time", he said.

Seehofer sought to allay concerns from Nahles' party of large migrant camps on the borders, assuring that the so-called transfer centers he wants to establish "would have no barbed wire or the like", and would be set up in existing police stations that would deal with the cases of only a handful of migrants a day.

Malta and Italy had denied safe harbor to the Lifeline, which had carried out rescues in the Mediterranean off Libya, where migrant-smugglers are based.

SPD leader Andrea Nahles also said there would be no unilateral action concerning migration, but that there would be quicker processes for handling asylum applications according to the Dublin rules.

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