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    German authorities are investigating a Syrian asylum seeker who boasted to roommates that he was a member of the terrorist organization Islamic State, according to a report in Welt am Sonntag.

    The Federal Criminal Police (BKA) has admitted it is investigating a Syrian man on suspicion of being a terrorist. The German newspaper suggests that the suspect was secretly filmed by other refugees on a mobile phone in a hostel, which triggered the investigation. Police are assessing whether it is a "case of stupid talk or facts which merit further inquiries."

    The French press also reported recently that police in Calais are searching for a suspected ISIL terrorist who could be hiding in the port's so-called 'Jungle Camp'. According to La Voix du Nord newspaper the 'lone wolf' extremists left Syria and traveled overland to France.

    In the UK, Lord Marlesford told the House of Lords in London that he found it "hard to believe Islamists and jihadists have not been entering Europe through the Mediterranean route."

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the country anticipates more than 800,000 Syrian refugees fleeing to Germany this year, prompting a relaxation of the EU's Dublin regulation, allowing Syrians the freedom to stay in Germany without the risk of being sent back to the first country they entered. 

    But Germany swiftly reneged on the relaxation of the rules and now the country's interior minister wants to cap the number of refugees in Europe. Thomas de Maiziere has said that if the annual limit is exceeded, others will be taken back to "safe regions" outside the European Union.

    This is in contrast to Merkel's insistence that there should be no upper limit on refugees. But her humanitarian stance on the crisis has led to some members of her party believing that "she is losing control" of the situation, according to an article in Der Spiegel.

    A two day summit is being held in Brussels for EU leaders to discuss the response to the refugee crisis. 

    The European Commission is once again calling for all member states to agree to a relocation program for 120,000 asylum seekers within the EU — while many countries continue to shut their borders. 

    Amnesty International's John Dalhuisen said:

    "Along the EU's external borders, chaos, unpreparedness and confusion has been rampant following government's decisions to seal them, with refugees and asylum seekers stuck in squalid and dire conditions.

    "This isn't migration management; it's an erosion of humanity." 

    Meanwhile, the infiltration of radical jihadists under the guise of refugees continues to pose a threat to the European authorities clearly struggling to cope with the sheer volume of migrants and asylum seekers arriving in the EU every day.

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    Daesh, terrorist, humanitarian crisis, refugee camp, jihad, Islamic extremism, migrants, refugee crisis, war, conflict, Amnesty International, Thomas de Maiziere, Angela Merkel, Germany, Europe
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