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Large scale exercise for monitoring Austrian borders

Hundreds of Austrian police officers and soldiers Tuesday in Spielfeld participated in a training session for large groups of migrants to the Slovenian border. The exercise comes at the time that the Austrian government warns of a new asielcrisis if Europe asylum policy does not heighten.

Tuesday was the new ‘grensbeschermingseenheid’ tested, by minister of the Interior Herbert Kickl of the far-right FPÖ in the life was called. The ‘Cougar’ doped unit consists of about 600 soldiers, it would be within 24 hours, action may come to border to protect if there is an influx of migrants.

“A country loses its credibility as the if necessary, limits are not efficiently protect’, said Kickl. In addition to 500 police officers and 220 soldiers, included the exercise also two Black Hawk helicopters. Police officers in training took the role of the migrants themselves.

Repetition, 2015 avoid

In Spielfeld (approximately 240 km south of the capital Vienna) strike in the summer of 2015, when the vluchtelingencrisis is at its finest left to feel, every day, thousands of migrants across the border. When was the balkan route is still open. Today arrive according to the local police almost no refugees more along that road in Austria.

The Austrian government, which consists of the christian democratic ÖVP and the FPÖ, asks for a better monitoring of the European borders. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz warned last week for a ‘migratiecrisis similar to that of 2015 ” if the European Union fails to make a joint response to the problem formulation.

‘Quite provocative’

Slovenian prime minister Miro Cerar, the exercise ‘quite provocative’ and said that his own country, a member of the European Union and Nato, the Schengengrens adequately protects.

Meanwhile, in Germany, the tempers heated up since the government is disagreement about the asylum policy. According to Vienna, there is a chance that the boundaries of the great migratory routes close, if the German minister of Home Affairs, Horst Seehofer, his plan continues to certain groups of asylum seekers to refuse to accept the German-Austrian border.

Thursday and Friday provide the European member states in Brussels on asylum policy. The German chancellor Angela Merkel repeated on Tuesday again, that they expected there this week, still not fully agree.

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