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EU calls leaders’ summit over refugee crisis

The European Union announces an emergency summit in Brussels next Wednesday to tackle the migrant crisis and address sharp differences over plans to relocate 120,000 refugees around the bloc.

“I convene an extra EUCO (summit) on Wednesday 23 September at 18h (1600 GMT) to discuss how to deal with the refugee crisis,” European Council President Donald Tusk says in a tweet.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Austrian counterpart Werner Faymann had called for a summit after EU interior ministers in Brussels failed to reach an agreement Monday on how to redistribute refugees from overstretched Hungary, Italy and Greece.

Interior ministers from the 28 member states are to hold a new emergency meeting next Tuesday on Europe’s worst migration crisis since World War II.

— AFP

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