Austria doubts migration deal with Turkey, sticks to border controls

Austria says it will not budge on its tough border policy because a comprehensive deal with Turkey to stem migration to Greece is far from secured.

EU countries have not offered any firm concessions to Ankara in return for better cooperation on migration, and disagreements with Turkey on issues such as media freedom or the Kurdish minorities would likely continue, Chancellor Werner Faymann says.

"It would be an advantage to organize border controls with Turkey, but we cannot depend on it," he adds.

"We will not budge even a millimetre from our position. Macedonia will therefore remain closed," Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner says, referring to Austria's asylum quotas that have caused Macedonia to all but close its border with Greece.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

More from Europe

One dead after central Italy hit by series of quakes

One person was killed on Wednesday when a building collapsed during four powerful quakes that shook central Italy on...

Boris Johnson compares French president to WWII prison guard

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Wednesday compared Francois Hollande to a World War II prison guard after...

Merkel pledges to hold Europe together after Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Wednesday to hold the European Union together after Britain's planned...

Slovenia looks to capitalize on its connection to Melania Trump

As Donald Trump campaigned for the Oval Office, his Slovenian-born wife Melania did not receive much love and...

EC recommends Croatia's gradual integration into Schengen Information System

The European Commission on Wednesday made a recommendation to the Council of the European Union to gradually...