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What is Europe’s migration fight about?

Europe can’t agree how to deal with migrants and refugees — here’s why.

Migration is back at the top of the political agenda in Europe. The issue is threatening to bring down the government of the EU’s richest country and tear through the European Council summit next week, but leaders seem further than ever from a solution.

TOPSHOT - Migrants eat hot meals received from volunteers, outside of derelict warehouses which they use as a makeshift shelter, in Belgrade on January 15, 2017, with temperatures just bellow zero Celsius overnight. According to the latest figures, around 7000 migrants are stranded in Serbia. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT – Migrants eat hot meals received from volunteers, outside of derelict warehouses which they use as a makeshift shelter, in Belgrade on January 15, 2017, with temperatures just bellow zero Celsius overnight.
According to the latest figures, around 7000 migrants are stranded in Serbia. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s POLITICO’s guide to Europe’s boiling political crisis.

  • Why is this news now?

Two main reasons — Italy and Germany.

Italy’s coalition government — made up of the…

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