Italy and France to discuss more integrated EU, migration crisis at dinner

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Posted: May 21, 2017 2:44 PM

PARIS (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and new French President Emmanuel Macron called on Sunday for a deeper integration of the European Union and said they would address the migration crisis at a working dinner in Paris.

Macron said Europe had been deaf to Italy's warnings amid an influx of migrants from northern Africa, while Gentiloni called for the bloc to draw up a common migration policy.

The two leaders of euro zone member states also said they wanted a strengthening of the EU, with Gentiloni calling for the monetary union to move towards a fiscal and banking union.

(Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey, writing by Sybille de La Hamaide; editing by Richard Lough)