German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, delivers her speech as part of a joint appearance with French President Francois Hollande at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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EU 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".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.German authorities said Wednesday they had registered around 577,000 asylum seekers in the first nine months of the year, a third of whom claim to be Syrian.Hollande meanwhile admitted that the EU had reacted too slowly to the turmoil on its borders since the Arab Spring in 2011, which produced the huge wave of refugees seeking a better life in Europe.The last time the leaders of France and Germany stood together in the parliament was 26 years ago when Francois Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl gave a speech just weeks after the Berlin Wall fell.Around 3,000 people have died making the perilous crossing over the Mediterranean to Europe this year.
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