German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed on Tuesday her government’s eagerness to resolve the migrant crisis in a joint resolution with other EU members.
Merkel added in a joint press conference alongside her Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz “what is needed is a joint resolution of EU members on the migrant crisis and not to resort to national solutions.” Merkel’s announcement is a response to German Minister of Interior, Horst Seehofer’s proposal today, to urgently send back migrants that are attempting to cross over borders into Germany.
Seehofer’s proposal, made today in Berlin, is to give the German authorities the right to send back the migrants that have already registered in another EU state, without the need to communicate with that state.
Merkel commented on the migrant crisis in general saying, “I believe we have an agreement in the EU making it necessary to strengthen the security of EU external borders, and I believe it is not right for the European countries with external borders to take on full responsibility,” like Italy and Greece, which carry further burden caused by migrants.
Kurtz confirmed Austria is working on the matter as they take over Presidency of the European Council July 1. “We will work towards strengthening the capabilities of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) involving common and unified borders,” he said.
Kurtz added, his country’s recent efforts have been successful in combating the illegal immigration crisis, but claims Europe still needs more work.
Austria and Germany are the two European countries leading efforts in tackling the immigration issue that emerged in August 2015, with migrants preferring to migrate to the two nations over Eastern Europe.
Source: Kuwait News Agency