EU leaders agree to mobilise 1bn euros for UN refugee agency

A child wrapped in a safety blanket stands on Sykamia beach, west of the port of Mytilene, on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on September 23, 2015EU leaders agreed at an emergency refugee summit Thursday to boost aid for Syria’s neighbours, including one billion dollars through UN agencies, as well as strengthening their borders to deal with a wave of migrants. Tensions have erupted between overstretched European nations as they face their worst refugee crisis since World War II, but the bloc’s president Donald Tusk said the leaders had turned a corner during surprisingly calm talks in Brussels. “Tonight we have a common understanding that we cannot continue like we did before,” Tusk told a press conference.

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