European Commission foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini presents the new European agenda on migration at the European Commission in Brussels on May 13, 2015. AFP/EMMANUEL DUNAND
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Brussels may have to water down controversial plans for quotas to spread Mediterranean refugees around Europe amid growing opposition, unexpectedly led by France, officials said Tuesday.European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled the plan last week in a bid to make the rest of the 28-nation EU share the burden of frontline states like Italy, Greece and Malta.Spain quickly followed suit and now 10 EU nations out of 28 say they oppose the quotas.European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud insisted it was just a "first idea" and that it would consult with EU nations before formally tabling the plan next Wednesday.Ideally the EU would like to see the plan voted through unanimously when European leaders meet in June, although in theory they can pass it through complex qualified majority vote rules.
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