REFUGEE CRISIS

EU Court Backs German Stance

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Germany appears to be winning on all fronts in the European Union disputes over how to handle the unprecedented flow of refugees into the bloc.

A top official at the European Court of Justice advised the judges to reject a lawsuit by several Eastern European member countries challenging the redistribution of refugees throughout the European Union in the clearest sign yet that the court is likely to back Germany’s insistence on the procedure.

At the same time, the EU’s highest court, based in Luxembourg, affirmed that the EU member states who first register migrants are responsible for processing their applications for asylum. They cannot simply wave them on to another country in the European Union.

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