Germany's shipowners' association VDR, Verband Deutscher Reeder, issued a statement on Wednesday to the German government, the Bundestag, calling for massively increased state aid from Germany and the EU member states to the rescue efforts in the Mediterranean.
Thousands of refugees in boats trying to cross the Mediterranean currently represent a major humanitarian disaster, with upwards of 800 refugees drowning this past weekend as boat headed from Libya to Italy capsized.
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