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German border checks add urgency to EU refugee debate

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Germany announced yesterday it expects to handle one million people fleeing their homelands this year, and Slovakia joined Berlin in reintroducing border checks with Austria, underscoring the need for European Union (EU) nations to quickly forge a common strategy to deal with Europe's immigration crisis.

Interior ministers from the EU's 28 nations gathered for emergency talks in Brussels to try to narrow a yawning divide over how to share responsibility for the thousands of migrants arriving daily and how to ease the burden on the front-line states of Greece, Italy, and Hungary.

Their talks will focus on distributing 160,000 refugees over the next two years, but at least four Eastern European nations have strongly rejected suggestions that they should take in any more people.