Germany, Hungary very different in view of migration: Merkel

Germany, Hungary very different in view of migration: Merkel

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who has pushed Merkel to take a harder line against migrants, said a new plan to establish migrant detention centers envisions sending people directly back to where they first entered the European Union - primarily Greece and Italy.

The two sister parties reached a compromise on Monday night to introduce new border regime on the border between Germany and Austria.

At a press conference with his coalition partners in Vienna, Mr Kurz spoke out against Ms Merkel's "Welcome Culture" towards migrants of 2015 and said the European Union must take steps to protect its external borders against migrants.

"We agreed. that next week there will be a meeting of the German, Austrian and Italian interior ministers with the goal of taking measures to shut the Mediterranean route into Europe, to make sure that illegal immigration to Europe on this route is stopped", Kurz told a joint news conference.

"You know that our coalition partner has problems with the term transit centers", said Seehofer, "that's why they prefer to talk about transit procedures in police facilities, and that expresses what we do in the future".

Earlier on Thursday, he sent ministry officials instructions urging asylum commissions to "safeguard the primary interests of the general public and not only the rights" of asylum-seekers.

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Mrs Merkel says Greece and Spain are willing to take migrants back.

Austria, which took over the EU's rotating presidency on 1 July, wants to strengthen the EU's external borders while avoiding internal controls on the continent.

But Orban, who since 2015 has positioned himself as Merkel's adversary in migration policy, said Europe best showed humanity by removing incentives for refugees to come to the continent. However, Italy - the main arrival point for most migrants from North Africa - does not yet have a bilateral deal with Germany. Kurz indicated it would not be possible to push the idea of camps in non-EU countries during the next six months.

"But how we get there I can not assess", he said. And there is only one solution: closing off of the borders, and bringing the support over there.

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