...So while Hungary was being vilified and Germany was the saint in the simplistic media morality tale, in the end Germany itself can't finish what it bit off...Schengen shock: Germany halts trains from Austria, introduces border controls
Austrian train operator OeBB says Germany has stopped all trains coming in from the country, and Germany’s Interior Ministry has abruptly introduced “temporary” border controls with Austria. More than 2,100 extra police have been dispatched to secure the borders.
Austria’s national train company OeBB also announced earlier that it is suspending services to and from Hungary, which is where most asylum seekers arrive from, on their way to Germany. It was unclear if smaller operators would follow suit.
Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has announced that the country is immediately introducing border controls, following an internal vote between the country's ruling coalition partners.
"At this moment Germany is temporarily introducing border controls again along [the EU's] internal borders. The focus will be on the border to Austria at first," the politician said at a news conference in Berlin.
"The aim of these measures is to limit the current inflows to Germany and to return to orderly procedures when people enter the country."
De Maziere called for asylum seekers to "abide by the rules" and register in the first country of arrival in the EU, and said they could not "pick and choose" where to live in Europe. Many have refused to identify themselves in transit countries, demanding passage to Germany, which accepts a higher proportion of applications than other EU countries, and has more generous welfare benefits.
According to the Berlin tabloid Bild, and Austria’s leading newspaper Krone, German border police will examine the travel documents of those arriving through the most popular southern route into the country, to make sure they are on the list of countries eligible for asylum.
Now they say refugees can't pick and choose where to live, except that is exactly what they want to do, and they actively resist efforts to the contrary.
Some even kept transiting thru Germany and Denmark on the way to Sweden, which pissed Sweden off,
with Sweden saying Denmark needs to fulfill EU rules to register migrants on first EU country they enter into...
Seeming to forget that Denmark clearly was NOT the first EU country they entered, thus there is no EU rules issue for Denmark.
The part where German business leaders and EU pols openly stated the rationale behind this was cheap workers and long term demographics,
I think probably DIDN'T help their case very much amongst anybody at all opposed or worried about the scale of events.
Efforts to distinguish refugees from economic migrants, which already fly in face of things like Syrian refugees leaving Turkey for $ reasons,
the apparent understanding that these people are coming here to stay doesn't square up with true refugees, who if their source country's war ends,
should have every reason to then return to it... I mean if EU teamed up with Syria and Russia and Iraq, that war could be over in 2 years easy.
But then those refugees wouldn't help German business by being cheap laborers, and EU demographics by boosting population etc.
Anyways, clearly these EU countries that want to accept some refugees should do so via Embassies/Consulates in Syria/Turkey/Lebanon/etc,
rather than giving reason for refugees to use people smugglers to violate border regimes and causing problems as seen, in fact causing deaths as seen.
Which is strange for all the vilification of Hungary, it has not caused these deaths, Germany and Sweden have, as well as endangering Schengen etc.