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EU leaders pledge extra €1 billion to tackle refugee crisis

The "greatest tide" of refugees is yet to come, Europe's leaders have been warned as they pledged another €1 billion (£733 million) to tackle the crisis.

Heads of state were locked in talks for more than five hours in Brussels as they attempted to overcome divisions and find a unified response.

Speaking after the emergency summit, European Council president Donald Tusk said while they had taken a step in the right direction, the policy of "open doors and windows" must be corrected.

Prime Minister David Cameron - who committed an extra £115 million in aid - said a "comprehensive approach" was needed to solve the crisis.

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Refugee crisis: Merkel urges EU to prove 'we can do this'

Angela Merkel arriving at the summit in Brussels today.

Angela Merkel has urged European leaders to prove "we can do this" as she arrived for an emergency EU summit on the refugee crisis.

The German Chancellor, who has faced criticism from some European nations for her more open stance to Syrian refugees, stressed that the continent needed to work together to deal with the issue.

Some eastern European leaders argued that Germany's decision to accept tens of thousands who were travelling through the continent had encouraged more to make the journey.

"Faced with a great challenge, it cannot be that Europe says: 'We can't handle this'," Mrs Merkel told reporters.

"That's why I say again and again: We can do this," she added.

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