A German government spokeswoman said in a statement that "Germany and Italy have agreed that, in view of the ongoing talks on intensified bilateral cooperation on asylum policy, Germany is ready to take in 50 people".
"This is the solidarity and responsibility we have always asked from Europe and now, after the results obtained at the last European Council, it is starting to become reality," he said on Facebook yesterday.
"Let's continue on this path with firmness and respect for human rights." Italy's new populist government, which came to power on June 1, wants to block any further migrant arrivals by boat and has banned NGO rescue ships from docking in Italian ports, accusing them of aiding human traffickers.
The latest migrants, like thousands of others, had set sail from Libya in a single wooden vessel which was identified early Friday.
Eight women and children were taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa for medical treatment.
Spain's new foreign minister Josep Borrell meanwhile yesterday said that the EU's prized Schengen free-movement system was "beginning to disappear" under pressure from migrants arriving in the bloc.
"Through the back door, France, Italy and Germany have placed controls on the borders because of the migration crisis," Borrell told the El Pais newspaper.
Spanish rescuers separately saved more than 340 migrants from the Mediterranean on Saturday.
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