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Germany: Merkel calls for European unity on refugee crisis

Germany, Berlin
September 8, 2015 at 08:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

In light of the international refugee crisis, European countries "shouldn't outbid each other with threats," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said as she held a press confrence with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Berlin, Tuesday.

Merkel explained that when all 28 European Union member states want to achieve an outcome with a common asylum system, every single member will have to be convinced. "When opinions are very different, we should still speak with each other in the spirit of common respect," she added.

Since the start of the year 350,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean to reach Europe, the International Organisation for Migration announced at the beginning of September, making it the worst refugee crisis on the continent since World War II. Of these, 120,000 are expected to be redistributed throughout Europe through new, national quotas drawn up by the EU.

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In light of the international refugee crisis, European countries "shouldn't outbid each other with threats," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said as she held a press confrence with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Berlin, Tuesday.

Merkel explained that when all 28 European Union member states want to achieve an outcome with a common asylum system, every single member will have to be convinced. "When opinions are very different, we should still speak with each other in the spirit of common respect," she added.

Since the start of the year 350,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean to reach Europe, the International Organisation for Migration announced at the beginning of September, making it the worst refugee crisis on the continent since World War II. Of these, 120,000 are expected to be redistributed throughout Europe through new, national quotas drawn up by the EU.

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