Austria defies EU migrant solution with new border controls

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VIENNA: Austria announced Tuesday it would step up controls along its southern borders, edging closer to Eastern countries in their defiance of Germany’s push for a European solution to the migrant crisis. The measures will be implemented at 12 existing checkpoints along frontiers with Italy, Slovenia and Hungary to slow down the influx, Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said. The announcement is a new blow to German Chancellor Angela Merkel who wants to promote a deal with Turkey at an EU summit to tackle the continent’s worst migration crisis since World War II. In 2015, over a million people reached Europe’s shores — nearly half of them Syrians fleeing a civil war that has claimed more than 260,000 lives.

AFP

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