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But the ministers of the ÖVP (the conservative member of the Grand Coalition) achieved a similar feat as their Bavarian siblings: now there are border controls, too, even though Austria won't send back anyone to Hungary (recognising that it isn't a safe country).

BTW, two numbers I just read:

  • Refugees registered passing through Austria from 5 to 12 September: 50,000 [note: this is significantly less than the number arriving in Germany]
  • Refugees passing through on 13 and 14 September: 17,000

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Sep 16th, 2015 at 11:17:50 AM EST
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Oh yes. I watched the interview. I'm still embarrassed. She actually was faced with the obvious questions: What is the point if no one is sent back? What does she mean Dublin is still in effect? She says the army can control the green border while the army and the defence minister say they can't. Not that there was a way to gracefully deflect those questions...

Meanwhile there was a lot of talk about coordinating with Angela Merkel from the government. Which I read as our government fully intending to hide behind her skirts even if this means doing patently silly things like pretending to close the border.

by generic on Wed Sep 16th, 2015 at 04:37:30 PM EST
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