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Germany: Refugee problem was not prepared by us, it came suddenly - Merkel02:03

Germany: Refugee problem was not prepared by us, it came suddenly - Merkel

Germany, Berlin
January 7, 2016 at 17:35 GMT -00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the interim Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos for the first time at the Chancellery in Berlin, Thursday. The two leaders focused on the refugee crisis and the Minsk agreement as well as bilateral talks.

Merkel stressed that "the refugee problem was not prepared by us for ten years but came suddenly," meaning the European Union "had to find answers fast."

She went on to say: "these mandatory quotas [for the acceptance of refugees within EU countries] were decided very fast and over the heads of some countries."

Merkel stressed that "a Schengen system can only work when we have a common responsibility for refugees and the protection of the outer borders." Speaking on the crisis in Ukraine the German Chancellor said that "the Minsk process in Ukraine is highly important for Romania" sharing the same point of view with the Romanian Prime Minister.

From his side the interim Romanian Prime Minister expressed the hope for his country to become an active part of the Schengen system.

Dacian Ciolos has been serving as an interim Prime Minister since November of 2015, when the former Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned following the protests after the Colectiv nightclub fire where 63 people lost their lives.

Germany: Refugee problem was not prepared by us, it came suddenly - Merkel02:03
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the interim Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos for the first time at the Chancellery in Berlin, Thursday. The two leaders focused on the refugee crisis and the Minsk agreement as well as bilateral talks.

Merkel stressed that "the refugee problem was not prepared by us for ten years but came suddenly," meaning the European Union "had to find answers fast."

She went on to say: "these mandatory quotas [for the acceptance of refugees within EU countries] were decided very fast and over the heads of some countries."

Merkel stressed that "a Schengen system can only work when we have a common responsibility for refugees and the protection of the outer borders." Speaking on the crisis in Ukraine the German Chancellor said that "the Minsk process in Ukraine is highly important for Romania" sharing the same point of view with the Romanian Prime Minister.

From his side the interim Romanian Prime Minister expressed the hope for his country to become an active part of the Schengen system.

Dacian Ciolos has been serving as an interim Prime Minister since November of 2015, when the former Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned following the protests after the Colectiv nightclub fire where 63 people lost their lives.

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