Agreement would bolster the bloc’s external borders and improve solidarity to ease pressure on nations like Greece and Italy. Follow the latest here

European leaders have claimed to have reached a breakthrough on migration challenges, after all-night talks.

Gathering in Brussels, leaders are due to turn their attention to Brexit today, but yesterday the chief subject of debate was migration, as heads of government tried to find answers to what Angela Merkel has dubbed “vital questions” posed by migration to the union.

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p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>EU28 leaders have agreed on #euco conclusions incl. migration.

Hours earlier that outcome had been in doubt, when Italy threatened to veto the entire text, unless other EU states did more to help with people arriving on Italian shores. Opposition from Poland, Hungary and other central European states to any hint of mandatory action meant talks dragged through the night.

The euro jumped 0.6% on news of the deal, while French president Emmanuel Macron declared that European cooperation “has won the day”.

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