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Germany Reintroduces Border Controls at Austrian Border

Germany Reintroduces Border Controls at Austrian Border

When reality meets good intentions

In a surprise move today, Germany has announced that it is reversing current policy with regard to refugees entering the country from Austria.  While Germany continues to accept refugees, the border controls are designed to instill some order to the process.  Adam Withnall, writing for The Independent, reports:

Germany has reintroduced border controls with Austria, its interior minister has confirmed, halting all trains and deploying 2,100 riot police to help carry out checks.

Speaking at a press conference called at short notice, Thomas de Maizière said the controls were being applied with immediate effect “to bring some order to the entry of refugees”.

. . . . A spokesperson for an Austrian rail company said German officials had begun halting all trains trying to cross the border into Bavaria from 5pm local time (4pm BST), while the situation involving traffic going the other way remained unclear.

Reporting on the unexpected move earlier and citing unnamed officials, German daily Bild said the closing of the border represented “a dramatic shift in refugee policy”.

Der Spiegel reported that only those with “valid travel documents” would be allowed to enter the country from Austria “until further notice”.

This move is designed to slow the influx of refugees, not to stop it, with the hope apparently being that this will send a signal to potential refugees who are still in Syria, Iraq, and other countries affected by ISIS.  The hope is also that other European countries will ease some of the refugee burden that Germany accepted voluntarily.  Withnall continues:

At the press conference, said that the focus for border controls would “initially” be on the border with Austria, suggesting they could be extended if necessary.

“This measure is also a signal to all of Europe,” he said. “Germany is taking on its responsibility but, given the burden, there must be a fair distribution across Europe.

“The border controls will not solve everything, we are aware of that, but we have to apply this in order to get some order.

“And we also need to prevent more refugees from coming to Europe from Syria, Iraq and other countries.”

Refugees have been swarming into Germany.  Watch:

The sudden move to place border controls on the Austrian border was apparently spurred when Munich reached the limits of its capacity to take in more refugees.

Munich’s mayor, Dieter Reiter, said earlier on Sunday that the city had reached its “upper limit” of capacity for housing refugees.

He said Munich was short around by around “1,000 to 5,000” spaces, adding that while the city was serious about welcoming those in need, it had reached the end of its limited resources.

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Their leaders having rendered their own countries unlivable, the next wave of illegal immigrants in a couple years might be moderate to conservative white Europeans fleeing Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, etc., looking to start anew in the US, Canada, etc. Imagine that – scores of white illegals, most of them more conservative than liberal, which is why they’re the first to abandon Europe.

I wonder how the Democrats and liberals would react to white illegals who were projected to favor the GOP, the obverse of illegals from south of us becoming Democrats?

    It’s funny how Democrats talk about how certain Americans found fault with immigration by Germans, Irish and so forth, and magically assume all of the haters were universally Republicans.

    Sorry, friend, but I’m not seeing it. The socialist hellholes in Old Europe have been indoctrinating their sheeple for longer than we have; there is no such thing as a conservative European, by our standards. What they call “conservative” is our big government left – maybe not Looney Left or Extreme Left, but still left. Believing that an influx from Europe would help our election chances is like Florida believing that the influx of whites from NY or NJ would help them keep the state red in the face of illegals from the south.

    I wonder how the Democrats and liberals would react to white illegals who were projected to favor the GOP, the obverse of illegals from south of us becoming Democrats?

    And I wonder how the anti-immigration Republican fringe would react. Would we suddenly see them turn on a dime, and how much of that would depend on the new refugees’ skin color?

      Oh Lord the race card playing gets tiresome. Can’t you guys figure it out, that some people believe in national sovereignty and that we simply cannot afford to hand out social services to every poor person in the world? Don’t you get it? It has NOTHING to do with race or color. The simplistic knee-jerk fall-back to cries of racism is really quite pathetic and ignorant.

      “anti-immigration Republican fringe”

      What % of R’s do you consider “fringe”? 50, 60?

Yeah, that will help.

They’re still going to accept >800,000 Muslims per year, precious few of whom, or whose descendants, will ever want anything other than the imposition of Sharia Law (completely replacing existing law, and the freedoms it guarantees).

But, they’ll write down the names of the invaders and give them documents so they can legally displace citizens in the workforce, and sign up for every welfare program in existence.

The Friendly Grizzly | September 13, 2015 at 3:11 pm

“In a surprise move today, Germany has announced that it is reversing current policy with regard to refugees entering the country from Austria. While Germany continues to accept refugees, the border controls are designed to instill some order to the process.”

Ve vill slide into chaos and ethnic decline, ja! But, zis slide vill be ORDERLY!

The only way that Europe will get rid of illegal immigration is to get rid of the European Union. That group has always been a bunch of pansies. Now their chickens have come home to roost. I foresee Europeans rejecting the One World Order and going back to the way they were before WW2 — countries with strict border controls on movement of people and goods.

    bobtuba in reply to Stan25. | September 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    They would only do that if they had some sense and thought that their country and culture were worth preserving and defending.

Is it just me that wonders why every picture of “refugees” are nothing but young men?

    Observer in reply to JoAnne. | September 13, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    According to the reports, over 70% of the European “refugees” are young men.

    But nothing to worry about there, right? And anybody who is concerned is undoubtedly a raaaaaacist or an Islamophobe or a xenophobic h8ter!

    Barry in reply to JoAnne. | September 14, 2015 at 12:45 am

    JoAnne, they are not refugees, they are invaders.

I’m glad that I spent years in European countries back when they were still national entities, each different in its own way.

That Europe is dead, and I will always miss it. Especially England, where I had friends in Grave’s End (named as the place the Black Plague ended.) Many more deaths lie ahead.

The great pity is, none of these countries ever voted for any of this. Their ‘elites’ knew better and have now doomed them all. Gee, this sort of sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Don’t forget to vote for the elite of your choice. Pay no attention to the fact that they’re all the same!

If only Germany had done that before Hitler moved from Austria to Germany . . . .

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