The migration crisis is back, and the EU elite fears it will ruin their summer vacation.

Arrivals from Africa across the Mediterranean are up again, Italy is frantic and it is all bringing back memories of 2015, when the sight of more than a million desperate people streaming into Europe created political chaos, especially for Germany's Angela Merkel.

Now Brussels, which managed to close one route for refugees across the Balkans in 2016 by striking a deal with Turkey, is scrambling to plug another hole and prevent further political fallout ahead of a parliamentary election in Germany in the fall and another in Italy due by early next year.

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