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Migrant crisis: Merkel warns of EU 'failure'

August 31, 2015 7:09 pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says “Europe as a whole needs to move” on how to deal with refugees and migrants arriving in the EU.

“If Europe fails on the question of refugees, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for,” she said.

She was speaking after Austrian authorities arrested five suspected people smugglers along the country’s eastern borders.

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On Thursday, 71 dead migrants were found near the Hungarian border.

Austrian police say more than 200 others were found alive overnight.

Ms Merkel said European countries must share the burden of refugees.

Germany is the main destination for migrants arriving on the EU’s eastern borders and expects the number of asylum seekers it receives to quadruple to about 800,000 in 2015.

Mrs Merkel said “Germany is a strong country – we will manage.”

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