SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA, Spain – Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned on Saturday that the European Union had to reject the opportunism of those who only wanted to return to failed solutions that would not fix ongoing issues in the bloc.
Speaking alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a working lunch, Sanchez insisted that Europe was based on solidarity and responsibility and it was important to face challenges, particularly migration, from a united perspective and not the isolationism some member states were proposing.
“We are holding talks with the European Commission to unblock economic resources that will allow Morocco to be more efficient when stopping dinghies from traveling out to sea,” he said, adding that Algeria and Tunisia were receiving similar aid.
Merkel said she supported the idea of collaborating with Morocco to face migration, as it is both an origin and a transit nation.
The so-called west Mediterranean route, which stretches from Morocco’s northern shore to Spain’s southern coast, has become increasingly traveled by people on board precarious dinghies.