German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, speaks during a media conference at the conclusion of an EU summit at EU headquarters in Brussels on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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The EU pledged Monday to help set up 100,000 places in reception centers along the migrant route through the Balkans, in a bid to defuse rising tensions on its eastern frontier over how to deal with the crisis.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made the announcement after emergency talks with the heads of 10 EU nations, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, plus the leaders of non-EU Albania, Serbia and Macedonia. By trying to separate genuine refugees from economic migrants, the centers would also help speed the planned relocation of 160,000 asylum seekers from overstretched Greece and Italy throughout the 28-nation EU.Budapest's move has sparked tensions with Brussels, fellow EU members and particularly its neighbors, with tiny Slovenia swamped by more than 60,000 migrants in recent days.Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar warned that the EU itself was at stake when he arrived for the talks.Germany, which expects up to a million migrants this year, saw 4,000 arrive Saturday in Passau on the border with Austria.
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