Luxemburger Foreign minister Jean Asselborn (L) talks with Spanish Foreign minister Alfonso Dastis Quecedo (R) during a Foreign Affairs minister meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 28, 2018. (AFP / JOHN THYS)
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EU countries conceded Tuesday they were a long way from breaking a two-year deadlock over reforming the bloc's asylum rules by a deadline this month amid a "harder political climate" following right-wing election gains in Italy.Mayer, whose country is Europe's top migrant destination, said Italy, its southern EU neighbours and eastern European countries also criticised at least parts of the plan.EU cooperation deals with Turkey and Libya, the main transit countries, have helped to slow, at least for now, the flow of migrants to Europe since 2015 .Under an emergency plan, EU member countries agreed to relocate to other parts of the bloc 160,000 Syrians and other refugees from Italy and Greece within two years.Only 34,690 people have been relocated as most people made their own way to Germany and other wealthy northern countries amid the chaotic EU response to the crisis.Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU commissioner for migration, played down the importance of the June 30 deadline.
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