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Merkel says EU's asylum rules 'obsolete'

Merkel says EU's asylum rules 'obsolete'

Merkel - Hollande - Photo © European Union 2015 - source EP

(STRASBOURG) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday described as "obsolete" European Union asylum rules that put the onus on EU states where migrants first arrive to process their refugee claims.

"Let's be frank. The Dublin process, in its current form, is obsolete," Merkel said in a joint speech to the European Parliament with French President Francois Hollande.

The process, which puts the pressure on frontline states like Italy and Greece to welcome most of the migrants, "started from good intentions, without a doubt, but the challenges raised at our borders are from now on untenable," Merkel told lawmakers in the French city of Strasbourg.

"I appeal for a new procedure" to redistribute asylum seekers "fairly" throughout the 28-nation bloc, the chancellor said.

Germany is Europe's top destination for people fleeing war and misery in Europe's greatest migrant influx since World War II. Europe's richest economy expects between 800,000 and one million newcomers this year.

Numbers have surged since Germany declared it would admit Syrians, even if they technically should have applied for refugee status in the first EU country they set foot in on their way to Germany.

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Posted by Kenneth Moyes at 08 October 2015, 14:47 CET
How dare she! She is breaking EU law then declares that the law is no longer valid (obsolete). This woman is dangerous and must be stopped. Inviting millions of immigrants into her country without the approval of the German people and then telling the rest of Europe that they must take their fare share. We in the UK are lucky to be an island. This woman's days are surely numbered. She has brought disaster to her own people. The real truth of what is happening in Germany is being kept quiet by the biased German media.