Austria, Latvia to Follow Hungary’s Lead=> Build Border Security Fence
Austria announced on Tuesday it will be the latest European Union country to build a border fence.
Hungary’s border fence with Croatia was a huge success.
** Latvia announced last week it would build a 90 kilometer fence on its border with Russia.
Austria will build a fence on its border with Slovenia.
Austria said Wednesday it would build a fence along its border with fellow EU state Slovenia to “control” the migrant influx, in what would be the first barrier between two members of the passport-free Schengen zone.
Both countries have become key transit points for tens of thousands of refugees and migrants seeking to reach northern Europe ahead of the winter, and before more potential EU border closures.
Vienna’s announcement prompted sharp criticism from Berlin amid an escalating spat over Austria’s handling of the humanitarian drama.
“We do not believe that the current migrant crisis that Europe is facing can be resolved with the building of fences or walls,” said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert, adding that the problem could only be dealt with if countries stood united.
The small Alpine nation of Slovenia, which has been swamped by migrants recently, also reiterated its readiness to erect a fence along its Croatian frontier if new EU plans aimed at improving the situation failed to produce quick results.