Germany agrees steps on migration, no camps of any kind: SPD leader


German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer adjusts his tie during a budget debate at the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, July 3, 2018.

Mrs Merkel countered: "The problem I see, and the difference between us, is that we always have to remember that it is people who are coming to us. Europe can not simply decouple from hardship and suffering". "If Europe with its values and wants to continue to play a role in the world, then she can't just turn away from difficulties and suffering", she said.

While he expressed a willingness to talk, Orban said his position hadn't changed over the past three years. "We have to be humane without creating a pull-factor, and the only way we know of doing that is closing the borders and taking help (to those countries), and not let in people who bring trouble". They said there are over 300 German automotive facilities in the United States, supporting almost 120,000 jobs.

Mr Sehofer said he would hold talks with Italy and Greece about sending back migrants who had been registered there.

"So there are a number of issues that we would like to discuss here also bilaterally, a number of substantive issues".

After the meeting with the Union leadership, SPD Chairwoman Andrea Nahles said they had agreed that there will be no national unilateralism and no rejections of asylum seekers at German border.

Germany, Austria and Italy will hold talks on "closing" the southern migrant route to Europe, the German interior minister, Horst Seehofer, has announced, after he promised that refugees would not be sent over the Bavarian border to Austria.

Orban said that Germany should be grateful for the fence that Hungary has built on its borders with Serbia and Croatia, and which, according to him, is guarded 24 hours a day to 8,000 armed men.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended on Wednesday a deal on tightening immigration controls from attacks directed by both her Social Democrat coalition partners and the far-right opposition.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said if Italy were to enter an agreement, existing accords for migrants to be distributed throughout the European Union fairly must be respected.

Full implementation would require signing deals with Italy and other countries that have been unwilling to take back migrants.

"To be honest, I do not want to elaborate on this idea because we do not want to endanger it", he said, adding it was "not connected to the Austrian presidency but it might serve as an example for others".