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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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Europe warned of rising threat of right-wing extremism

Europe has been warned it be must be braced for a surge of right-wing extremism across the continent unless the refugee crisis is dealt with properly.

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said EU borders needed to be better controlled to deal with the hundreds of thousands fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

We have to make sure that those countries where people arrive are better placed to make sure people are registered, that people who don't have the right to asylum are returned swiftly. If we're not able to tackle this issue, if we're not able to find sustainable solutions, you will see a surge of the extreme right across the European continent.

– European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, speaking to BBC Radio

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