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Vol 64 No 14

Published 6th July 2023

Migration cash dominates vote for top EU jobs

Commission President Von der Leyen allies with Italy's Meloni on African 'Southern Partnership' scheme

European officials have been mulling plans to spend over €10 billion (US$10.9bn) on migration control schemes with Libya, Tunisia and Egypt alongside their current accord with Turkey. With European Commisson President Ursula von der Leyen finding common cause with Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, such 'cash for migration deals' will be central to campaigning for the bloc's top jobs next year. There could be another €2bn for 'managing migration' within the bloc.

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