Germany has reached an agreement with Greece to send back migrants to the Mediterranean country if they have already applied for asylum there, a German Interior Ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.
The Aquarius rescue ship arrives in Malta after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard, defusing another diplomatic standoff in the Mediterranean.
Financial and political stability in Turkey is critical to Europe. But EU leaders are finding it hard to help end an ongoing crisis in Turkey amid long-standing tensions with Ankara.
European countries face pressure to resolve a new standoff with operators of the migrant rescue ship Aquarius which is stranded for a second time in the Mediterranean carrying 141 people.
Germany's economy minister lashes out at US President Trump, slamming his global trade rows and efforts to "dictate" Europe's dealings with Iran through renewed US sanctions.
Greece has received the final 15-billion-euro payment from its eight-year bailout programme in what creditors hailed as proof that tough austerity measures were "paying off".