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George And Amal Clooney Met Angela Merkel To Offer Support Over Refugees

The couple spent 40 minutes with the German chancellor in Berlin.

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George and Amal Clooney met German chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday to discuss Europe's refugee crisis.

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The couple spent 40 minutes with the German chancellor in Berlin to find out what more can be done to help the millions of Syrian refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe.

They were joined by former UK foreign secretary David Miliband, who now heads up the aid group International Rescue Committee.

Miliband said it was George Clooney's idea to meet Merkel, who has faced criticism in Germany for accepting hundreds of thousands of refugees in the past year.

David Miliband with the Clooneys and Christoph Heusgen, Merkel's foreign policy adviser, after the meeting.
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David Miliband with the Clooneys and Christoph Heusgen, Merkel's foreign policy adviser, after the meeting.

Miliband said there had been "a very good conversation" about the responsibilities of all countries to deal with the refugee crisis.

He told the Associated Press: "It's very clear that Mrs Merkel has been showing very strong leadership and example not just to Europe but globally. We wanted to hear from her and support what she's doing."

George Clooney said on Thursday that he wanted to discuss with Merkel "what things we can do, what things that we can help with" on the global refugee crisis.

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The actor has long called on the US to take in more Syrian refugees. He told Sky News: "The US needs to do more as we know, taking 10,000 refugees a year is not enough, that's clear."

George was in the city with human-rights lawyer Amal to promote his new film, Hail, Caesar!, at the Berlin film festival.

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Emily Ashton is a senior political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Emily Ashton at emily.ashton@buzzfeed.com.

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