Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini denied on Friday having reached a deal with Germany to take back migrants who had already applied for asylum in Italy, saying he wanted more concessions from Berlin.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced on Thursday he had secured an accord with Italy over the issue on the back of similar deals with Greece and Spain.

Earlier this year Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government almost collapsed because of a row over migration and border controls. Ever since, it has pressed southern EU states to take back asylum seekers previously registered in these countries.

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