In an interview with Italian daily la Repubblica published on Monday, Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced that his country will fully support a European pact on migrants adding that progress on the distribution of the burden was finally needed.
“We should find a key for the redistribution of refugees,” Maas told the paper, adding that those countries that do not want to participate should contribute in other ways, for example by providing financial means to protect the external borders of the EU. “We must finally make progress in the distribution of the burden.”
Maas also said there were talks ongoing to find by August a solution on the Nordstream 2 pipeline, which will allow Russia to bypass Ukraine in transporting gas to Europe. He added alternatives to the Silk Road were needed to curb China’s influence in the world.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi is due to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel later on Monday.