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EU Floats Plan to Rescue Merkel as Refugee Disputes Boil Over

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Angela Merkel Faces Ultimatum On Immigration
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European Union officials are seeking support for an immigration plan that would help German Chancellor Angela Merkel contain a rebellion in her government as disputes over refugees threaten to dominate next week’s summit of the bloc’s leaders.

Leaders are being asked to back a joint statement saying the EU’s current asylum system is “severely at risk” due to the movement of migrants from one country in the bloc to another, according to a draft of the conclusions dated Tuesday obtained by Bloomberg. Member states “should take all necessary internal legislative and administrative measures to counter such movements and to closely cooperate amongst each other.”