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Afghanistan turmoil

Europe split over Afghan refugees has echoes of 2015 crisis

Differences between some EU members appear irreconcilable

ATHENS, Greece -- The Syrian refugee crisis of 2015 stretched the European Union close to the breaking point. Now a potential new wave from Afghanistan is creating similar ructions in the 27-nation bloc.

The United Nations is warning that up to 500,000 Afghans may be forced to flee their homeland by the end of the year. Braced for this, the EU is stressing that it is better prepared than six years ago, when a record 1.3 million people applied for asylum within the bloc.

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