The Latest: France'south Le Pen Criticizes EU Refugee Approach

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 7:51 PM

m. France'south Marine Le Pen and other far-right politicians have criticized the European Union for its approach to Europe'south migration crisis.

The Latest on Europe'south migration crisis (all times local):

6:40 p. m.

France'south Marine Le Pen and other far-right politicians have criticized the European Union for its approach to Europe'south migration crisis.

Le Pen, boss of the far-right National Front, says a recent agreement between the EU and Turkey to stem the flow of migrants was "a catastrophe" for Europe. Speaking Saturday in Romania, Le Pen claimed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had given into to all demands made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The EU plans to send back some migrants to Turkey in exchange for taking some Syrian migrants presently in Turkey.

Le Pen also criticized what she called "radical Islamism," a recurring theme at the "Our Europe, a Europe of Nations," conference in the Romanian mountain resort of Sinaia.

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6:10 p. m.

A Syrian refugee who's made it to Germany is back in Greece trying to obtain his family out of a makeshift refugee camp.

Bassel Al-Khalaf, twenty-five, has been living in Germany for a year and a half. But for the latest six days he's been staying in a tent at the refugee camp in the northern Greek border town of Idomeni, reunited with his wife, Hannaa Al-Ahmad, twenty-four, and his 1-year-old daughter, Sahinas.

He says "I came to attempt and get them with me .... but I've been told reunions get a long time." Al-Khalaf plans to go to the German Embassy in Athens, having collected the necessary paperwork.

His wife and daughter had made it as distant as Macedonia before a series of European nations close their borders to migrants in March. Macedonian authorities pushed them back to Greece.

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3:40 p. m.

Spain'south maritime rescue service says it's deployed ships and aircraft in a look for for a boat believed to be carrying twenty-seven people in the southern Mediterranean Sea.

The service said a Spanish Navy ship joined in the look for Saturday for the boat that's thought to be transporting migrants trying to reach Europe from Africa.

Rescuers on Friday picked up seventy-six migrants, including twenty-two who'd disembarked from a boat onto a tiny Mediterranean island and fifty-four who'd been aboard a small boat.

Thousands of migrants attempt to reach Spain each year either by attempting to enter the country'south N African enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta or by making dangerous sea crossings to the mainland.

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