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Merkel declares asylum rules 'obsolete' as migrant talks opens

Members of the Libyan coastguard pull a boat carrying illegal African migrants, rescued as they were trying to reach Europe, at a naval base near the capital Tripoli on September 29, 2015EU foreign ministers and their counterparts from nations bordering Syria were to gather Thursday to discuss the migration crisis, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared Europe’s asylum rules are “obsolete”. The meeting in Luxembourg, held after talks among the bloc’s justice and interior ministers, will bring together EU diplomacy chiefs along with representatives from Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Balkan countries worst affected by the mass exodus from Syria. Merkel said Wednesday in a speech with French President Francois Hollande to the European Parliament that a “new procedure” was needed to redistribute asylum seekers fairly throughout the 28-nation EU bloc.

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