The Defence Minister of Austria has attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling her attitude and policy during the migrant crisis “irresponsible” and holding her accountable for Austria’s migrant problems. Austrian Defence Minister and Socialist Party MP Hans Peter Doskozil did not mince words Friday when it came to his opinion of how German Chancellor Angela Merkel has handled the migrant crisis over the past year. Doskozil called the Chancellor “irresponsible” for her remarks to the German people and Europeans saying “We can do it!” as over a million migrants flooded into Europe, mostly to Germany through Austria. The minister made clear demands to Germany and the European Union to fix the broken asylum system and prevent a repeat of last year reports Austrian paper Kronen Zeitung.
“Austria is not the waiting room for Germany,” Doskozil said Friday
and slammed Merkel warning that “2015 must not be repeated.” The
constant repetition of the so-called “welcome culture”
was, according to Doskozil, something that only attracted more migrants
to attempt the trip to Europe as they saw migrants being greeted at
trains stations with cheers and gifts.
The current migrant crisis in Italy was
brought up by Doskozil who said, “If in the heart of Milan tents for
refugees must be established, no one can argue that we are dealing with
this influx reasonably.” He warned that Italy could be overwhelmed as
the rest of Europe has renewed border checks on the Italian borders.
The proposed border fence on the Brenner pass between Austria and Italy caused a row
between the two countries earlier this year as Austria tried to prevent
the massive waves of migrants from North Africa coming through their
The Defence Minister proposed a fresh new look at European asylum
policies and said he would like to see a summit of European leaders to
discuss the immediate and coordinated deportation of migrants who do not
qualify for asylum. He also said that the EU as a whole must enforce
the common borders and not leave countries like Greece and Italy to fend
On the subject of Turkey Doskozil said, “The Turkish government is no
longer to be taken seriously by the recent events,” adding that Turkey
was “far away” from the visa-free access to the European Union, a
subject that has made the Turkish government repeatedly threaten
to scrap the EU-Turkey migrant deal. According to Doskozil the EU
should have better border control so that such a deal would not be
needed in the first place.