Refugee Overflow

Amid Tension, Merkel Seeks E.U. Summit

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Migrants gathered on Tuesday at a closed railroad crossing between Hungary and Serbia. 
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    An E.U. summit might offer a chance to ease tensions among member states after a series of ministerial meetings failed to resolve deep disagreements over the refugee crisis.

  • Facts


    • Germany and Austria ask E.U. Council President Donald Tusk to convene a special summit next week.
    • Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to agree financial support for the refugees’ countries of origin and to agree on “hotspots.”
    • Refugees continue to be allowed into Germany despite the border controls.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Austrian counterpart, Werner Faymann, on Tuesday called E.U. Council President Donald Tusk to organize a special summit next week, as rifts deepened among the 28-nation bloc over the refugee crisis.

Ms. Merkel said E.U. leaders should discuss providing financial support in the refugees’ countries of origin and in neighboring states. She also wants leaders to agree on registration centers in E.U. nations such as Greece and Italy, where most of the refugees from war-torn countries Syria and Iraq are arriving.

The idea is for the so-called hotspots to register people before sending them on to other member states if they have a chance of asylum.

Mr. Faymann, who held talks with Ms. Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday, warned of a “humanitarian disaster” and said countries refusing to accept refugees should receive less money from E.U. budgets. The German interior minister, Thomas de Maiziѐre, echoed that call after European ministers failed on Monday to break a deadlock over sharing responsibility for accepting some of the hundreds of thousands who have sought asylum in Europe.

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