Germany says Austria's behaviour on migrants 'out of line'

28th October 2015, Comments 0 comments

Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Wednesday hit out at Austria for sending asylum seekers to its border without any warning, saying the neighbouring country's behaviour was "out of line".

"The behaviour of Austria in recent days was out of line. We have to complain that refugees were driven without any warning after dark to... the German border," he said.

De Maiziere said both sides have discussed the problem, and that "Austria yesterday pledged to return to an orderly process."

"I expect that to happen immediately. We are in constant contact on that aspect," he added.

On Tuesday, authorities of the southern German state of Bavaria had blasted Austria for waving through thousands of migrants to Germany without giving local authorities early notice.

Bavarian authorities, already struggling to cope with the record numbers, complained that the lack of coordination is leaving them scrambling at the last minute to find resources to welcome the new arrivals.

But Austrian authorities hit back, with a police spokesman calling it "a joke" that Bavaria was unable to process the new arrivals.

"The fact is that if Austria receives 11,000 people in Spielfeld on a daily basis, Bavaria cannot say that it will just process up to 50 people an hour at its border. That's a joke," said Austrian police spokesman David Furtner.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel herself had sought to calm nerves, saying that Germany has had "constant contact with Austria in recent weeks, likewise today, tomorrow and this afternoon too."

Vienna sang the same tune, with Faymann's office speaking of the "close contact" with Merkel.

© 2015 AFP

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