Migrants Disaster Galvanises EU leaders Into Action

At summit convened after 800 perished at sea, nations commit resources and discuss military action against traffickers European Union leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened in Brussels after hundreds of migrants drowned in the space of a few days. Meeting on Thursday, leaders from the 28-nation bloc also said they were discussing laying the ground for military action against traffickers. Germany and France pledged two ships while Britain committed three to move into the Mediterranean, and other member states also lined up more vessels and helicopters that could be used to rescue migrants, officials said. The member states also agreed to triple funding to $9.7m a month for the EU’s border operation that patrols the Mediterranean. “First and foremost now, we have to save lives and take the right measures to do so,” said German Chancellor...

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