Austria rail company says suspends trains into Germany

13th September 2015, Comments 0 comments

Austria's state-owned rail company announced Sunday it will suspend train services with Germany as Europe tries to cope with a massive surge of refugee arrivals.

Service was due to be halted from 5:00 pm (1500 GMT), Austrian Federal Railways told press agency APA, without elaborating.

The announcement came as Germany said it was reinstating "temporary" controls at the border with Austria.

The decision was made in a telephone conversation between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Austrian counterpart Werner Faymann, with the leaders evoking a "gradual return" to regular border checks, APA reported, quoting a spokeswoman at Faymann's office.

The Austrian government held an emergency meeting Sunday to weigh different responses to the refugee crisis, said Interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner.

Some 8,000 migrants arrived Sunday at the Austro-Hungarian border in Nickelsdorf, with the majority hoping to reach Germany, Austrian police said.

Germany has become the destination of choice for migrants, particularly Syrians, after Merkel relaxed asylum rules for citizens of the war-torn country.

But with 450,000 migrants arriving since the beginning of the year, infrastructure in Germany has been stretched to the limit.

© 2015 AFP

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