Germany, Austria plan talks with Italy to ‘shut’ southern migrant route

Police looking at a van on the German border

Police looking at a van on the German border

AfD co-leader Alice Weidel, issuing her demand for Merkel to quit, dismissed the deal as a "bundle of commonplaces that they want to sell to us as a European solution".

Angela Merkel and Viktor Orban hold talks Thursday, days after the German chancellor made key border policy concessions to hardliners who have embraced the Hungarian leader's anti-migrant stance.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer struck a migration deal.

After all-night talks, European Union leaders agreed that unspecified non-EU countries should host migrant-processing centres to try to prevent people risking their lives making unsafe sea crossings to Europe.

Orban replied that Hungary has 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.

Mrs Merkel said Europe should protect its borders but without becoming "some sort of fortress".

"I believe the soul of Europe is humanity and if we want to retain this soul and play a role in Europe with these values then Europe can't simply decouple from the need and suffering". Kurz said he was "convinced there are countries that are willing to work with us in the spirit of partnership", though he did not name them.

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Germany's interior minister said on Thursday he was confident centre-left coalition partners would back setting up border zone transit centres for migrants under a plan to defuse a dispute over asylum policy threatening to bring down the government.

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 think that the people Germany is sending back must go to Greece and not Hungary".

Seehofer predicted that talks with Greece and Italy about these so-called secondary movements of people would be "extremely complex and complicated".

Equity markets have been jittery ahead of a July 6 deadline when the set to slap tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods that Beijing has vowed to match with tariffs on USA products.

The agency said that 245 Turkish nationals have sought shelter in Norway so far in 2018, including 142 arriving in June.

Annual migrant arrivals peaked in 2015 at over one million people, many of them fleeing Syria's war and therefore entitled to asylum, while others were trying to escape poverty.

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