Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Germany's Merkel says migration deal is no about-turn

Germany's Merkel says migration deal is no about-turn

Orban said that his country built a fence on its southern borders to regain control over its territory, the move protecting not only Hungary but also Germany by not allowing refugees to enter Hungary.

The agreement calls for asylum-seekers registered in other countries to be processed within 48 hours in police facilities - not separate transit centres - if they could not be transported to the Munich airport to be returned to the country where they first registered.

The German minister said the coalition government's plans for new immigration measures at their shared border would not make Austria responsible for people arriving there who had already sought asylum in another European Union country, Reuters reported.

Austria's right-wing Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who is closer to Mr Seehofer than to Mrs Merkel on the migrant question, said "we have full confidence in Seehofer's words yesterday".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban shake hands after addressing the media in Berlin, Germany on July 5.

Seehofer predicted that talks with Greece and Italy about these so-called secondary movements of people would be "extremely complex and complicated". Germany's government earlier came up with a similar plan to curb the flow of asylum-seekers.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives Union on Thursday night reached an agreement on strengthened asylum policies with coalition partner Social Democratic Party (SPD), ending weeks-long dispute that nearly toppled the government.

Reuters reported that Merkel said tariff negotiations are ongoing, and that any changes would require full European support.

Under pressure from the CSU, Merkel has been scrambling to get an EU-wide solution, fearing that there will be a domino effect if Germany takes unilateral action, leading to border closures across central Europe and unravelling the EU's border-free travel zone, imposing costs on people and businesses.

Kurz - whose country's border with Italy includes the Brenner pass, an important north-south transport link - was more explicit about what might happen if a deal with Italy was not reached.

"This continued escalation poses a serious threat to growth and recovery in all countries", WTO leader Roberto Azevêdo said in a statement.

"I understand that if you only ever talk about border security, border security, border security that people will say: you only want to seal yourselves off", she said.

According to an industry source, the USA ambassador to Germany told German vehicle bosses from BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen at a meeting on Wednesday that Trump could abandon such threats if the European Union scrapped duties on US cars imported into the bloc.

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