EU powers France, Germany and Italy, along with smaller member Malta, will on Tuesday seek to rally the rest of the bloc to a joint scheme to distribute migrants saved at sea
From one operation to the next, it's not the migrants who are saved but the ones they can do nothing to help that leave the worst mental scars on the Mediterranean's rescue crews
British leadership hopeful Boris Johnson pledges to introduce a new points-based system to control migration after Brexit, addressing a key issue from the EU referendum
The asylum claims within the EU have decreased after its peak in 2015. Due to the current political situation in Venezuela however, the number of asylum applications is slowly rising.
Three votes by the European Parliament in recent years have exposed deep divisions between EU members from the wealthier west and the previously communist east of the bloc.
EU officials worry that the European elections in a month's time could open the door to a new wave of populist, anti-EU politicians hell-bent on wrecking the bloc's modus operandi. But the populists' success will depend on their ability to work together.