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Rajoy open to refugee resettlement plan; Merkel slams dissenters' 'excuses'
01 September 2015 @ 22:03

SPAIN'S president Mariano Rajoy has travelled to Berlin for a crisis meeting with heads of State from the European Union's 28 nations over the current refugee situation.

He met informally with German leader Angela Merkel beforehand at Meseberg Castle, some 70 kilometres from the capital, and the two heads of State went for a walk in the Lake Huwenow area before stopping for a beer.

Rajoy told Merkel Spain was willing to cooperate with the refugee plan on the table, and to work together on aid for and cooperation with African countries where most economic migrants come from.

He considered that the only solution to the ongoing displacement of immigrants from Africa was through two-way conversation with their countries of origin, and giving support to these nations to eventually remove the need for their natives to migrate.

Rajoy says the Spanish State can take in up to 2,000 refugees, but the opposition socialists have told him, 'don't be stingy', and called for Spain to accept at least 4,000.

Around a quarter of a million migrants from war-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East are thought to be in Europe at present, with more on their way as the conflict deepens and fundamentalist terror group DAESH, or ISIS, leaves millions fearing for their lives.


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