African growth key to stemming migrant flows: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Czech premier Andrej Babis agreed Friday to focus on economic development in Africa to try to slow migration into the European Union.

“We are both convinced that we must achieve a win-win situation where the economic development of African countries will be possible and will give local young people reasons to see their future in these countries rather than having to leave,” Merkel told reporters in Prague.

Babis, who is known for his anti-migrant stance, stood by her side at the joint press conference.

“We are of the view that we must cooperate with African countries, primarily in the economy to enable them to fare well,” said Babis, a billionaire businessman turned politician.

“We are discussing this and I suppose that we have the same opinion on the way to…

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