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Merkel says no solution yet to sharing migrant burden in EU

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech at a local meeting of her Christian Democrats, CDU, in Grimmen, northern Germany, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Merkel said there's no solution yet to the problem of how to fairly share the burden of migration among European Union member states. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech at a local meeting of her Christian Democrats, CDU, in Grimmen, northern Germany, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Merkel said there's no solution yet to the problem of how to fairly share the burden of migration among European Union member states. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sub-saharan migrants hold on to ropes to keep their balance on the deck of the Golfo Azzurro boat after been rescued from a rubber boat by members of Proactive Open Arms NGO, on the Mediterranean sea, about 24 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Rescuers pulled nearly 300 people from two rubber boats in waters off the Libyan coast on Friday, and all of them will be transferred to an Italian port in Sicily. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

    Sub-saharan migrants hold on to ropes to keep their balance on the deck of the Golfo Azzurro boat after been rescued from a rubber boat by members of Proactive Open Arms NGO, on the Mediterranean sea, about 24 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Rescuers pulled nearly 300 people from two rubber boats in waters off the Libyan coast on Friday, and all of them will be transferred to an Italian port in Sicily. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a local meeting of her Christian Democrats, CDU, in Grimmen, northern Germany, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Merkel said there's no solution yet to the problem of how to fairly share the burden of migration among European Union member states. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a local meeting of her Christian Democrats, CDU, in Grimmen, northern Germany, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Merkel said there's no solution yet to the problem of how to fairly share the burden of migration among European Union member states. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says there's no solution yet to the problem of how to fairly share the burden of migration among European Union member states.

The issue has vexed the 28-nation bloc for years but gained prominence after the sudden influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants from outside Europe in 2015.

Germany took in the bulk of those migrants but has insisted that other countries need to contribute too, either by accepting migrants or contributing funds.

Failure to find a solution has given ammunition to Merkel's domestic critics.

Merkel, who is running for a fourth term in September's general election, said Saturday she would insist on "a bit of solidarity" from all EU states but "how this will look exactly is something I can't say at this point."