BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that there’s no solution yet to the problem of how to fairly share the burden of migration in the European Union, an issue that has weighed on Berlin’s relations with other members of the 28-nation bloc ever since the migrant influx of 2015.
The impasse has given ammunition to Merkel’s domestic critics, who have railed against Germany’s decision to take in hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers over the past two years even as other European countries closed their borders to migrants.
Merkel, who is running for a fourth term in September’s general election, said the issue would be raised at an EU summit in Malta on Friday, but downplayed hopes for a breakthrough.
“I wouldn’t spread too much optimism,” she said in a weekly podcast published Saturday.
“We have to insist that everybody shows a bit of solidarity when it comes to distribution (of migrants),” Merkel said, adding this could include contributing to border security and development aid.
“How this will look exactly is something I can’t say at this point,” she said. “The issue isn’t resolved yet.”