EU: MED CRISIS: Germany reintroduces border controls; latest news updates from across Europe

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Germany has reintroduced border controls in response to the number of migrants and refugees travelling to the country. The border with Austria is the main focus, and all train travel between Austria and Germany has been halted. The European Commission has said that Germany's decision "underlines the urgency to agree on the measures proposed by the European Commission in order to manage the refugee crisis."


  • Refugee crisis: Germany reinstates controls at Austrian border (The Guardian, link)
  • Border controls return to Europe as continent struggles with refugee crisis (The Telegraph, link)
  • Munich is at limit of capacity amid refugee surge, say police (The Guardian, link)
  • European Commission Statement following the temporary reintroduction of border controls by Germany, particularly at the German-Austrian border (pdf)

    The Czech Republic is also reportedly "boosting measures" on its border with Austria:

    "'The Czech Republic is boosting measures on its border with Austria. Further steps will be determined according to the number of refugees heading to the Czech Republic,' Interior Minister Milan Chovanec told public Czech Television."

    See: Czechs boost controls on Austrian border over migrants: minister (Yahoo! News, link)

    EU heads of state are meeting today to discuss their response to the migration crisis. For more information and leaked documents see: Extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, 14 September 2015 called to discuss Mediterranean crisis.

    Other news from across Europe:

    Austria deploys army on border control (EUobserver, link): "Austrian leader Werner Faymann told press Monday some 2,200 soldiers will be deployed to help cope with migrant arrivals, including on border checks."

    Beyond Hungary: how the Czech Republic and Slovakia are responding to refugees (The Conversation, link)

    Calais migrants fear focus on Syria will worsen their plight (The Guardian, link)

    Des réfugiés Syrien éjectés d'un parc municipal à Saint-Ouen [Syrian refugees ejected from city park in Saint-Ouen] (Liberation, link)

    Europeans Seek to Use Force Against Smugglers at Sea (The New York Times, link)

    Europe’s Refugee Crisis Is Not as Big as You’ve Heard, and Not Without Recent Precedent (Center for Global Development, link)

    Hungary: Abysmal Conditions in Border Detention (Human Rights Watch, link)

    HUNGARY: Marching Through Police Lines: Breaking Borders (Dispatch 3) (Vice News, link)

    Manchester United legend Eric Cantona slams western governments for creating the worldwide refugee crisis (Mirror, link)

    Paris, Barcelona mayors urge EU goverments to act on refugees (Expatica, link). See: Nosotras, las ciudades de Europa (El País, link)

    Refugee crisis must be first priority, says Juncker in 2015 State of the Union debate (European Parliament, link)

    Refugee treatment like Nazi era: Austria (Sky News, link): "Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann has compared Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's treatment of refugees to Nazi-era cruelty, in an magazine interview."

    Refugees searching for new lives lose loved ones along the way (Washington Post, link)

    Syria conflict: No end to interminable war is in sight (BBC News, link)

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