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German interior minister talks migrants in Austria

AP , Thursday 5 Jul 2018
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German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer attends a budget debate at the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, July 4, 2018 (Reuters).
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German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer expects "very difficult" talks with fellow European Union countries on taking back migrants rejected by Germany.

Seehofer heads to Vienna on Thursday to meet with Austrian government officials to discuss his plan to turn back asylum-seekers who have registered in another EU country.

The plan is in line with existing EU rules, but countries on the bloc's outer borders such as Italy have said they're unwilling to take in all the migrants who arrive on their shores.

The issue has caused deep divisions within Europe since the mass influx of refugees in 2015, and most recently it threatened to split German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.

Seehofer told Parliament that "they will be very difficult talks" and "there will be no agreements in the first round."

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