Austria’s rapid reversal in refugee policy

March 3, 2016

0,,19085238_303,00It may well be that no other country in Europe has reversed its refugee policy as rapidly as Austria. Now Vienna sees itself in the vanguard of European refugee policy. The German Chancellor has faced hefty headwinds for her open border policy for some time now. Until recently, she was able to count on support from neighboring Austria and its Social Democrat Chancellor Werner Faymann (above right with EU Council President Donald Tusk). He got along with Angela Merkel on refugee matters. The two leaders worked closely together, even though they come from different parties. That is now no longer the case.

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