"The European Council will not yet provide an overall solution to the migration problem", Merkel said conceding a lack of consensus among EU members.
The Sunday meeting, convened by European Commission President Jean Claude-Juncker ahead of a formal summit slated for June 28-29, achieved little but showcasing the stress placed on EU solidarity by the festering issue of illegal migration. Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia announced a boycott of the meeting.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that the meeting involves "talking with particularly affected nations about all problems connected with migration".
"That is why it is also about bilateral or trilateral agreements for mutual benefit", she added.
For his part, Macron has called for sanctions against states refusing to take in migrants - a stance that has drawn ire from Italy's new government and is likely to be unpopular with eastern Europeans as well.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini talks with journalists on the occasion of the visit in the "villa" confiscated at Mafia's Casamonica family in Rome, Tuesday, June 21, 2018.
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The situation echoes the plight of the Aquarius, a rescue boat of 630 migrants that eventually docked in Spain last week, after being turned away by Italy.
"Italy indeed faces a migration emergency and it's partly because France keeps pushing back people at the border".
New arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers coming to Europe via the Mediterranean have dropped by more than half this year compared with the same period in 2017, according to the United Nations migration agency: 40,944 people as of last Thursday.
Aid groups say conditions for migrants and refugees on the shores of Libya are atrocious and accuse Italy of being complicit in the abuse of those migrants.
Seehofer has threatened to defy Merkel and order border police from next week to turn back asylum seekers already registered in other European Union countries - unless Merkel reaches an agreement on how to handle them with other member states.
The survey by Forsa for broadcasters N-tv and RTL showed that 71 percent of respondents supported Merkel's view that European countries should work together on finding a solution, over Interior Minister Horst Seehofer's nationally-focused plans, Die Welt reported Monday.
Before EU leaders meet over migration in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, UNHCR chief Filipo Grandi said in a letter he wanted to discuss with them "new collaborative arrangements, within and outside the EU".
The EU struck a cash-for-repatriation deal with Turkey in March 2016 and engaged Lybian coast guard in cracking down on migrant trafficking, following the peak year of 2015 which saw more than one million irregular migrants flocking to Europe via different routes.
The rhetoric ahead of the Sunday summit extended north, with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz saying his country would reintroduce controls on its border with Italy if neighboring Germany were to turn back migrants at its border to Austria.