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Merkel calls on EU member states to work together on refugees

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed EU member states today to do their bit to deal with the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe.

Speaking to the Berlin parliament before today’s EU meeting in Brussels, Ms Merkel said that they should work together to strengthen external borders and tackle the problems that force people to flee their homeland.

Targeting some member states that benefit from EU funding but resist accepting refugees, the German leader stressed the need to remember that “solidarity is not a one-way street.”

“It is up to all member states never to lose sight of their responsibility for the whole and that, of course, includes safeguarding our common European values on which the European Union was established,” she said.

Germany has taken in by far the largest number of Syrian and other refugees since 2015.

Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic are being sued by the European Commission for refusing to accept their allocation.

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