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Tags: EU | Europe | Migrants | The Latest

The Latest: Merkel Say German Can't Respond Alone

Monday, 07 September 2015 05:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The latest news as countries across Europe cope with the arrival of thousands of migrants and refugees. All times local (CET):

11 a.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Monday that "we have a moving, in some parts breathtaking, weekend behind us."

Merkel said Germany will ensure that those who need protection receive it, but that those who stand no chance of getting asylum will have to return to their homes swiftly.

She also stressed that Europe's biggest economy isn't willing to shoulder the whole refugee burden alone, saying that "Germany is a country willing to take people in, but refugees can be received in all countries of the European Union in such a way that they can find refuge from civil war and from persecution."

10:50 a.m.

Greece says it has requested emergency European Union assistance to deal with the massive influx of refugees and migrants who reach its eastern islands daily on frail boats from nearby Turkey.

More than 230,000 people have arrived so far, at a rapidly increasing pace, and have overwhelmed authorities in the financially struggling country that has become Europe's main gateway for migrants.

The Interior Ministry said Monday it has applied for activation of a European mechanism for civil protection assistance, which it said would be of "crucial importance" in improving migrants' reception facilities — which are, at best, rudimentary.

A ministry statement said Greece has provided detailed information on what it needs in terms of medical and pharmaceutical supplies, equipment for reception centers, clothing and personnel.

10:20 a.m.

Hungary's prime minister has mocked the European Union's efforts to distribute migrants with a quota system and is casting Hungary as the "black sheep" standing up against EU leaders in contrast with the other countries in the "flock."

Viktor Orban told a meeting of Hungarian diplomats on Monday that the EU migrant quota, which would distribute migrants among the bloc's 28 countries, makes no sense in a system where the free movement of people would make it impossible to enforce.

Orban said "How is this going to work? Has anyone thought this through?"

Orban also said that migrants who had kept going after reaching safe countries like Turkey or Macedonia "want to live a German life. It has nothing to do with security."

10:15 a.m.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce plans to accept more than 10,000 Syrian refugees in a change of heart announced last week after dramatic photos showed the plight of refugees trying to enter Europe.

Cameron plans to outline his proposal when Parliament reconvenes after its summer recess. His government has indicated that the international aid budget will be used to help Syrians get started in Britain.

The number of refugees to be resettled has not yet been announced.

The government plans to bring refugees from camps neighboring Syria into Britain but is not planning to accommodate those who have already entered Europe. Britain has also added to the financial aid it is providing to refugee camps in surrounding countries.

Cameron has for months had insisted that it made more sense to provide more aid rather than bring people to Britain.

9:45 a.m.

Greece's coast guard says an island ferry has located 61 migrants off the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, and all have been safely carried to land.

The coast guard said Monday the Blue Star 1 ferry picked up 35 people from the sea, and a coast guard vessel picked up a further 26.

The ferry captain told Greece's Vima FM radio there were 14 children — including a months-old baby — among the migrants, who told rescuers they had spent several hours in the sea after their cabin cruiser took on water and half-sunk.

Since Friday, the coast guard has rescued more than 2,000 migrants in the Aegean.

At least 230,000 refugees and economic migrants have entered Greece so far this year. Thousands remain stranded on islands awaiting screening.

9:00 a.m.

The German government says it will spend 6 billion euros ($6.6 billion) next year to support the hundreds of thousands of migrants coming to Germany.

In a-late night meeting lasting until early Monday in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government also agreed to introduce legal measures making it easier to deport-asylum seekers from countries considered "secure states" like Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania. Asylum-seekers will also get less cash in the future and more non-cash benefits.

German officials recently predicted that up to 800,000 migrants will arrive by the end of the year, many of them refugees fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Iraq and Eritrea.

The government's aid package will include improved housing, more federal police and language classes.

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The latest news as countries across Europe cope with the arrival of thousands of migrants and refugees. All times local (CET):11 a.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Monday that "we have a moving, in some parts breathtaking, weekend behind...
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