Germany halts train traffic to and from Austria for 13 hours
Nearly 30 people die when their boat capsizes off the Greek coast
Meanwhile, 42 migrants are found alive inside a refrigerated truck in Austria
“The focus will initially lie on the border with Austria,” de Maiziere said. “The goal of this measure is to restrict the present inflow of migrants into Germany and return again to an orderly process upon entry.”
Germany is stopping train traffic to and from Austria for 13 hours, the Austrian Federal Railways said in a tweet. The moratorium on train travel between the two countries will last from 5 p.m. Sunday (noon ET Sunday) until 6 a.m. Monday, the railway agency said.
The announcement of measures by Germany came hours after more than 40 migrants were discovered alive inside a refrigerated truck in northwest Austria, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the German border.
The rescue of those migrants may have prevented a deadly fate if something had gone awry on their covert trip, but others were not so lucky.
Nearly 30 people — almost half of them children — were found dead off the coast of the Greek island of Farmakonisi on Sunday, the Hellenic coast guard said.
At least 125 people were aboard a wooden boat that capsized in the Aegean Sea, coast guard duty officer George Tsapras said. The coast guard rescued 68 people, 29 others swam to shore, and another 28 died.
Search and rescue efforts were ongoing, Tsapras said.
It is unclear if those on the boat were refugees or migrants, as their nationalities and points of origin have not yet been identified, Tsapras said.
Europe struggles for a solution
European leaders have been struggling to cope with the massive influx of people pouring across its borders in recent weeks.
Last week, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker set out proposals for mandatory quotas for EU countries to take in 120,000 refugees who were already in Italy, Greece and Hungary, on top of plans made in May to relocate 40,000 from Italy and Greece.
EU member states must still agree to the European Commission’s proposals, which are backed by Germany. Their interior ministers are due to meet Monday in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the issue.
“The German decision of today underlines the urgency to agree on the measures proposed by the European Commission in order to manage the refugee crisis,” the European Commission said in a statement Sunday.
It said that Germany’s …Read More