- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2016

BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she expects “difficult negotiations” at the European Union summit with Turkey on the migrant crisis.

Merkel said her aim is to reduce the number of migrants entering illegally “and not just for a few countries, but for all countries — that means for Greece too.” Refugees and other migrants have been piling up in Greece since nations on the Balkan route, used by hundreds of thousands of people, imposed border restrictions.

Merkel said Monday that there needs to be a “sustainable solution” that involves protecting the EU’s external borders, and “that can only be done in cooperation with Turkey.”

She said she hopes to “move a step forward” but that will require tough negotiations.

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