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EU may bring back border controls, Merkel says


Comments made as Europe’s migrant crisis intensifies
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said for the first time that passport-free travel across mainland Europe may not continue in its present form for much longer. Border controls may have to return within the European Union’s Schengen zone, in an effort to control the migrant crisis.
If other EU countries do not accept their share of migrants, she said, then freedom of movement will have to be tightened. Hundreds of thousands of migrants continue to stream into the continent from Africa and the Middle East.
Thomas de Maiziere, Germany’s interior minister, has made similar comments in recent weeks. Germany says it will accept 800,000 asylum seekers in 2015, four times as many as 2014, and far more than any other EU country.
“Europe as a whole needs to move,” Merkel said. “Member states must share responsibility for asylum-seeking refugees. If we don’t arrive at a fair distribution then the issue of Schengen will arise – we do not want that.”
This week, Austria brought back tough new controls along its border with Hungary, resulting in lines of cars stretching back into Hungary for 30 kilometres.


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