Austrian Foreign Minister: Europe has ‘Lost Control’ Of Borders

Austrian Foreign Minister
Austrian Foreign Minster Sebastian Kurz claims that Europe has “lost control” of its borders and proposes harsher measures toward people smugglers and migrants. Speaking at a meeting of European Union (EU) officials in Luxembourg on Monday, Mr. Kurz said: “We have lost control. At the moment we, the EU, do not decide who comes to Europe, the people smugglers do.” The Austrian government is pushing for a European solution to the crisis which still sees migrants smuggled in lorries, boats and other vehicles by organised gangs of people smugglers in North Africa and Eastern Europe. “We think that it urgently needs a European solution,” Mr. Kurz declared, warning that if the EU member states cannot agree to coordinate then Austria would be forced to act on their own, Kronen Zeitung reports. The Foreign Minister was joined by Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka and Defence Minister Hanspeter Doskozil at the meeting. The ministerial trio laid out their vision for how the political bloc should act to stem the flow of migrants from the Middle East and, ever increasingly, from North Africa. The plan states that migrants who take boats and inflatable dinghies to cross the sea should be allowed to land on islands but not allowed to leave. This aspect of the plan