Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann insists that the Balkan migration route leading to northern Europe should be shut down, setting up a fight over the issue at an EU summit in Brussels.
"I am very much for telling all clearly: we will close all routes, the Balkan route too," he tells journalists in the Belgian capital.
"It has been for many too easy to simply wave through people, to guide them through. The clearer we resist, the more explicitly we resist, the better," he adds.
Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic, whose country is also along the migration route, indicates that he too will push for a message out of the summit that "this Balkan route will be closed."