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Merkel meets Sanchez, hails 'European solution' to migration

Summit in Spain between two leaders

12 August, 16:15
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 12 AGO - German Chancellor Angela Merkel claimed her bid to firm up a "European solution" to the migration stand-off back home was bearing dividends, following a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Saturday.

Europe's existing Dublin system - which states that the country where a migrant enters the EU is responsible for their asylum claim - was "not functional", Merkel said at a press conference, on Saturday.

Chancellor said that Mediterranean countries bear the vast majority of new arrivals, and plans to allocate refugees across the EU have not been successful.

The aim of the agreement was to "find a fair distribution system," Merkel said.

Today German Chancellor and her husband Joachim Sauer visiting the recovery works of the Iberian lynx at the Centre El Acebuche in Donana National Park in Matalascanas, Huelva.

Chancellor Merkel is in Spain on a two-day visit for talks with Prime Minister Sanchez. (ANSA).

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