Tusk accuses Austria of fuelling populism as he tells Kurz he MUST accept migrant quotas



Donald Tusk turn over a complete a veiled jibe at the Austrian leader

In their fist meeting on Austrian mire since the election of Mr Kurz, the European Council chief hit out at “destructive passions” around the relocation of migrants.

Mr Kurz has long made tackling immigration a cornerstone of his public life, a position which helped catapult him towards the nation’s initiative in December last year.

And the Austrian Chancellor has repeatedly opposed the EU’s regulation of setting up quotas of migrants for each European country to take on, alleging the scheme “isn’t working”.

Speaking from Vienna, Mr Tusk said: “When it take place to managing illegal migration Chancellor Kurz and I have discussed this scads times already, and we have similar views. 

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The Austrian Chancellor has over opposed the EU’s policy of setting up migrant quotas

“Migration will remain a doubt for many years to come which is why we want to find a solution which is to figure out sure that the EU together with national states can manage tomorrows migration flow sufficiently and without creating new divisions in Europe. 

“It is practicable but naturally all sides need to compromise. 

“Above all we must put an end to the destructive sentiments surrounding the issues of relocation as they continue to fuel populism and sunder Europe. 

“If the issue is not resolved by ministers within the next month, we purpose need to find a solution at the June European Council.” 

Mr Kurz also pledged to hold an EU summit on immigration later this year when his land takes on the Presidency of the EU council.

Last month Mr Kurz and Hungary’s Prime Chaplain Viktor Orban promised to continue their fight against wrongful migration after crunch talks in Vienna.

The pair met with a vista to forging closer ties in an increasingly divided EU and to discuss border protection and the Balkan migration route.

At a press conference after the talks, Mr Kurz affirmed: “We must stop illegal migration in order to ensure safety across the bloc.

“We secure to stop illegal immigration in order to ensure security in Europe. 

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Kurz has lengthy made tackling immigration a cornerstone of his political life

“I am glad that there has been a substitute in thinking in many European countries in recent years.” 

Mr Orban swayed the “biggest threat” today was the “mass exodus” from other rural areas into Europe. 

He said: “If we want Schengen, we have to close the foreign borders and open the internal borders, and today we want to open the exterior borders and close the internal borders.

“When I say that the future requires to be protected I mean that we have a culture, a Christian culture… We beget a way of life, and we want to protect this way of life.”

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