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German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks away during a statement to the media following talks with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

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EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that if Europe did not succeed in securing its borders, the bloc's internal market would suffer.

"If we can't protect our external borders then it could lead to a serious disturbance of our internal market. Either Europeans protect the external borders or we take a big step backwards," she said at a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Eindhoven.

(Reporting by Thomas Escritt and Tom Koerkemeier; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Michael Nienaber)

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