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.
The latest EU emergency summit has to done very little to solve the refugee crisis other than create bitter arguments between members.
European leaders have been told their collective pledge of more than one billion euros will not end an accelerating refugee crisis.
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