EU, Balkan leaders struggle to defuse tensions over migrants

A migrant tries to reach the shore as he arrives, with other refugees and migrants, on the Greek island of Lesbos, on October 24, 2015, after crossing the Aegean sea from TurkeyEuropean Union and Balkan leaders struggled Sunday to reduce tensions over how to tackle the migrant crisis as Slovenia warned the bloc will “start falling apart” if it fails to take concrete action within weeks. The mini summit, called by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, grouped the heads of 10 EU nations, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, plus the leaders of non-EU Albania, Serbia and Macedonia. “This is an important opportunity to have them around one table,” European Council President Donald Tusk told reporters in Brussels.

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