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US President hails Germany for receiving Syrian refugees.

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (KUNA) -- US President Barack Obama expressed appreciation to German leadership on migrant crisis for its recent decision to ease the asylum application procedure for Syrians President Obama spoke by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel late on Wednesday, during which Obama voiced appreciation for her leadership in dealing with refugees fleeing to Europe, the White House said in a statement. Germany, which is preparing to receive a record 800,000 asylum applications this year, has eased the procedures for Syrians fleeing the country's brutal civil war - a decision especially praised by the US president. Berlin has already hosted until now 45,000 Syrian refugees and the number is forecast to increase after the decision. The surge in migrants seeking refuge from conflict or poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia has confronted Europe with its highest refugee numbers since World War II. Merkel and leaders of western Balkan countries will gather in Vienna Thursday to seek a coherent approach to tackling the migration crisis. Deutsche Welle German Broadcasting service (DW) reported that a string of recent protests, apparent arson attempts and other incidents around temporary homes for asylum seekers have dominated the headlines in Germany in recent days. This took place while Merkel was in Heidenau, an eastern German town where anti-refugee protesters clashed with police on the weekend. Merkel has vowed zero tolerance for "vile" anti-migrant violence in Heidenau, as criticism grows against the European Union for failing to find a coordinated solution. (end) mah.ha

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Date:Aug 27, 2015
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