Migrant solution far off, warns Merkel

MUNICH - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that a solution to the migrant crisis is far off and how it is handled will shape Europe in the long term.

She told German MPs the latest EU measures agreed on Wednesday were only a "first step" and that "selective relocation" of migrants was not enough.

The flow of migrants over Europe's borders continues. Hungary announced a record 10,046 arrivals on Wednesday.

Rows among EU nations also continue - the latest between Serbia and Croatia.

The crisis has also sparked a warning from the European Commission that if it is not addressed properly there could be a surge of right-wing extremism across Europe.

About half a million migrants have arrived in Europe this year, exposing deep divisions within the EU.

Mrs Merkel told the German parliament: "I am deeply convinced that what Europe needs is not just selective relocation [of migrants], but a permanent process for fairly distributing refugees among member states.

"A first step has been taken, but we are still far from where we should be."

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