Never have so many European countries been at logger-heads with each other simulatenously since they joined that disasterous membership called European Union.
‘An ENORMOUS mistake’ Italy threatens Austria over shutting migrant borders across Alps
ITALY issued a chilling threat to Austria today as it planned to build a fence at its border to block migrants.
By Laura Mowat
PUBLISHED: 04:01, Fri, Apr 29, 2016
The Italian interior minister has criticised Austria’s plans of building a fence.
The row threatens to destabilise the European Union’s Schengen agreement as Italy lashed out for the second day in a row over the fence which would separate the two countries.
Italian PM Matteo Renzi said it would be a “flagrant breach of European rule” and the police is “utterly removed from reality.”
Tensions in Europe are at boiling point after Austria outlined plans earlier this week to install a 370 metre-long fence at the Brenner Pass, which is the busiest route through the Alps for heavy goods vehicles.
It comes just weeks after the country announced large fences are also to be built at the Moschendorf, Heiligenbrunn, Heiligenkreuz and Nickelsdorf border crossing points throughout the Burgenland region, before migrants travelling by foot arrive.
A map showing how the ‘free travel’ Schengen Area is being made into a mockery.
The move has incensed Italian politicians.
Italian interior minister Angelino Alfano criticised the plans as the numbers of migrants passing from Italy to Austria were at their lowest levels for years.
Mr Alfano said: “The logic of raising barriers is unacceptable.
“I will tell him very clearly that unilateral decisions go against European rules.”There are also concerns any toughening of border controls at the Brenner Pass would slow traffic on an important route from Italy to Germany, Italy’s top trading partner.
Ban Ki-Moon with the Austrian president, Heinz Fischer.
Alfano added that the numbers of migrants “do not support” fears that there will be a mass movement of refugees from Italy to Austria, who would use this particular crossing, while any border closures would be “an enormous mistake.”
Earlier this month Express.co.uk reported how Austria’s €1million tightening of borders also sent Switzerland into panic mode. The country is now preparing 2,000 soldiers in army tanks to patrol its border with Italy, fearing migrants will take a new route through the country to avoid Austria.
Austria has also passed a controversial new law that restricts the right of asylum, which include migrants could be turned away at the border within an hour if they are seen as a threat to public order.
Austria has also passed a controversial new law that restricts the right of asylum.
The migrants are crossing the Mediterranean from Africa to Italy in growing numbers Austria has said Rome must stop them traveling onwards towards northern Europe or it will have to introduce border controls at the Brenner Pass in the Alps.
European Council President Donald Tusk told the European Parliament EU member states had “no more than months” to manage the migration crisis, and failure to do so would result in the collapse of the Schengen passport-free travel zone.
From June, checks will begin in Brenner Pass, the major motorway linking the country with Italy as part of a €1million tightening of borders set to cause chaos for commuters, hauliers and local businesses.