Migrants and refugees wait to cross the Greece-Macedonia border near the village of Idomeni, in northern Greece on September 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO /STR
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Germany said it was reinstating border controls Sunday as Europe's top economy admitted it was stretched to the limit trying to cope with a record influx of refugees.Local authorities in Germany, which has earned praise for its welcoming stance toward refugees, have buckled under the sudden surge of migrants at the end of an exhausting and often perilous journey.In Greece, on the front line of the massive surge of people trying to reach Europe, the coast guard said 34 people – including four babies and 11 young children – perished when their boat capsized off the Aegean island of Farmakonisi.While Germany and France back proposals to help "front line" states Italy, Greece and Hungary struggling with the influx, European Commission plans for sharing 160,000 new arrivals in a quota scheme are facing resistance from eastern members.
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