Repatriations shd be EU's job-Mattarella

President meets German counterpart, calls for internal stimulus

(ANSA) - Rome, September 19 - President Sergio Mattarella stressed the need for share responsibility of the management of migrant flows and argued the EU should handle the repatriations of people whose asylum requests have been rejected after meeting his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Wednesday. "We think that it is necessary for countries to feel the responsibility to activate common redistribution mechanisms and that the EU should assume the duty of repatriations... for those who do not have the right to stay in the EU," Mattarella said. The Italian president also talked about the economic situation.
    "Trade tensions and the threat of trade wars create particularly complicated circumstances, so it is necessary to have measures that stimulate the domestic markets and to develop investment to maintain the balance of our countries' economies," he said.