- SCHENGEN AT STAKE: Merkel’s Immigration Deal to See Austria CLOSE Southern Border
by CIARAN MCGRATH, https://www.express.co.uk/
AUSTRIA has signalled its intentions to shore up its borders in the wake of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s immigration compromise, in a move which puts a question mark over the future of the Schengen agreement.
A joint statement issued by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, interior minister Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and Interior Minister Herbert Kickl outlined plans to tighten restrictions, especially at its southern borders with Slovenia and Italy.
Mrs Merkel’s agreement with Horst Seehofer’s Christian Social Union (CSU) party last night headed off a potential rebellion which could have seen him quit his role as interior minister and plunge her fragile administration into crisis. Details of the deal are scarce, but Mrs Merkel said it involved the creation of transit centres to send back asylum seekers already registered in other EU countries. She added that a “new border regime” would tackle secondary immigration on the German-Austrian border.