Merkel: Germany is ‘not responsible’ for refugees

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Germany is not responsible for asylum seekers arriving from Hungary to Germany by train, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference following negotiations with Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Hungarian news agency MTI reported today.

In response to a query by a journalist as to whether Germany is responsible for refugees arriving from Hungary, since both Hungary and Austria asked for legal clarification regarding the matter, Merkel said that “as far as asylum-seekers from Syria are concerned, I don’t honestly see Germany sharing that responsibility,” the news agency reported.

Merkel said that “considering the Syrian situation, it should be no surprise” that refugees be granted asylum, adding that “every European country should do likewise.”

Recent reports, however, suggest that as of this morning, refugees are not being allowed to board trains bound for Germany from Hungary’s Keleti Railway Station, despite having valid tickets.

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