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Germany: Eleven presidents discuss the EU's 'most serious problem' in Erfurt01:44

Germany: Eleven presidents discuss the EU's 'most serious problem' in Erfurt

Germany, Erfurt
September 22, 2015 at 22:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Eleven heads of the EU member states held a joint press conference at the end of the Arraiolos group meeting at the Evangelic School in Erfurt, on Tuesday.

Among the most important topics discussed during the informal meeting of non-executive EU Heads of states were migrant and refugee crisis, education, cohesion policy in Europe.

According to the Slovenian President Borut Pahor, the EU has to find a "common policy" in order to be able to solve problems which are faced by asylum seekers in Europe. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto described the current situation with refugees in Europe as "the most serious crisis." He also stressed that all Finland is affected by the refugee crisis. The small Finland's northernmost region, Lapland, "receives 2,000 asylum seekers per week," he said.

The Arraiolos group is an annual meeting of the presidents of the EU member states. This year's meeting was hosted by the German President Joachim Gauck at the medieval Wartburg Castle and Evangelic School in Erfurt between September 21 and 22. President Gauck was joined by the heads of states of Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia.

Germany: Eleven presidents discuss the EU's 'most serious problem' in Erfurt01:44
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Eleven heads of the EU member states held a joint press conference at the end of the Arraiolos group meeting at the Evangelic School in Erfurt, on Tuesday.

Among the most important topics discussed during the informal meeting of non-executive EU Heads of states were migrant and refugee crisis, education, cohesion policy in Europe.

According to the Slovenian President Borut Pahor, the EU has to find a "common policy" in order to be able to solve problems which are faced by asylum seekers in Europe. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto described the current situation with refugees in Europe as "the most serious crisis." He also stressed that all Finland is affected by the refugee crisis. The small Finland's northernmost region, Lapland, "receives 2,000 asylum seekers per week," he said.

The Arraiolos group is an annual meeting of the presidents of the EU member states. This year's meeting was hosted by the German President Joachim Gauck at the medieval Wartburg Castle and Evangelic School in Erfurt between September 21 and 22. President Gauck was joined by the heads of states of Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia.

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