Zapatero to ask Brussels for help on migration
8 December 2006, MADRID — José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is to ask European Union leaders next week for more help in combating illegal immigration.
8 December 2006
MADRID — José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is to ask European Union leaders next week for more help in combating illegal immigration.
The Spanish prime minister is to travel next Thursday to Brussels for an EU summit, where it is expected the issue will be on the agenda.
The EU could be about to agree tougher controls against rising illegal immigration, which has been a major issue for Zapatero in 2006.
Earlier efforts to secure more funds to stop the tide of immigrants arriving in the Canary Islands met with opposition from other countries, particularly Germany.
But Zapatero will be keen to get a result from the Brussels two-day summit at a time when other political initiatives have all but stalled.
Efforts to start peace talks with ETA have reached a low point.
Despite this a poll by the Instituto Opina released by Cadena Ser rqdio stqtion on Friday found 44 percent of respondents would vote for the socialists, while only 39 percent support the opposition conservative Popular Party (PP).
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news