Every escape route is closed, and the borders are fortified with the help of the army. Now every day the Austrian government announces new restrictive measures against the right to seek asylum.
Meeting in Vienna on Friday, representatives from central, eastern and southeastern European countries agreed to send soldiers to the E.U.’s external borders “given that Frontex cannot do it” by creating a new “civil and military mission” to the Greek border and anywhere else there’s an influx of refugees. The Visegrad countries were present, but Germany and Greece were not, apparently by choice.
“Given that the external borders are not efficiently protected,” said Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner, the country would have to act on its own. Other Austrian ministers vigorously reaffirmed the statement, announcing massive checks at the Brenner mountain pass at the Austrian-Italian border. The priority, they said, is “to ensure stability and security,” as if the masses of desperate people arriving at the border were a danger.