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Merkel plans special EU summit on migrant crisis

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LISBON, May 31, 2018 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa (not in the picture) in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 31, 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa promised that Europe would contest the U.S. decision to impose import tariffs after a meeting here Thursday. (Xinhua/Zhang Liyun/IANS) by .
LISBON, May 31, 2018 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa (not in the picture) in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 31, 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa promised that Europe would contest the U.S. decision to impose import tariffs after a meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning a special summit with the European Union (EU) member states, particularly those affected by the refugee crisis, the German newspaper “Bild” reported

LISBON, May 31, 2018 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa (not in the picture) in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 31, 2018. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa promised that Europe would contest the U.S. decision to impose import tariffs after a meeting here Thursday. (Xinhua/Zhang Liyun/IANS) by .
LISBON, May 31, 2018 (Xinhua) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a press conference .

The special summit will most likely take place before the summer EU summit set to start on June 28, Xinhua said quoting the report.

The German Chancellor is struggling to avert a crisis within her coalition on migrant policy.

Earlier, BBC reported that a rift has opened between Merkel and her Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of the Christian Social Union (CSU) over the migrant policy, as the latter has sought powers for the police to turn away undocumented migrants at the border.

She was criticised for letting in about one million in 2015. Seehofer has been a long-standing critic of the so-called “open-door policy”.