By GPF Staff
Austria may complicate the German government’s compromise agreement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer agreed to build “transit centers” on the border with Austria, where migrants seeking asylum would be detained until it could be determined whether they had already been registered in another EU country. Those who had would be sent back to that country. If the responsible country will not accept them, Germany will send them back to Austria. The Austrian government predictably opposed the idea, saying it was “prepared to take measures to protect” Austria’s southern borders and would expect German “clarification” in short order. Underlying this dispute is a more damning truth: that domestic political compromises made in Germany are affecting the migration policies of EU members, and that Germany is so weak, at least by German standards, that countries such as Austria are bucking its authority.
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