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Angela Merkel and her Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz clashed over immigration in their first meeting Wednesday, with the seasoned German chancellor saying Vienna's resistance to sharing out refugees across the bloc was "wrong".

Kurz, at 31 the world's youngest leader after forming a government with the far right last month, said following talks with Merkel that the debate about mandatory migrant quotas "took up too much space".

"I'm convinced that the solution to the migrant problem lies with decent border protection and stronger help in countries of origin," Kurz told reporters after he was received in Berlin with military honours.


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