Mens Europa lurer på hvor lenge det går før Tyskland må sette foten ned for menneskestrømmen, sier forbundskansler Angela Merkel at det ikke finnes noe øvre tak. Retten til politisk asyl kjenner ingen grenser, sa Merkel til en gruppe avisfolk. AP

 Merkel told the Funke consortium of newspapers in an interview published Saturday that «the right to political asylum has no limits on the number of asylum seekers.»

She says that «as a strong, economically healthy country we have the strength to do what is necessary» and ensure every asylum seeker gets a fair hearing.

But Merkel repeated her government’s position that those migrants who stand no realistic chance of getting permission to stay need to be returned to their home country.

Germany has seen tens of thousands of migrants arriving each month, many of them refugees fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Eritrea and elsewhere.

Merkel sa dette samtidig som tusenvis av mennesker har sittet fast på jernbanestasjonen i Budapest og kun med ett ønske: Å komme seg til Tyskland. Det fikk de lov til fredag kveld. Østerrike og Tyskland ga etter.

Med sitt utsagn bekrefter Merkel at det er regjeringens policy: Tyskland har plass til alle.

More than 1,000 people from the Middle East and Asia, exhausted after breaking away from police and marching for hours toward Western Europe, have arrived before dawn Saturday on the border with Austria.

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The breakthrough became possible when Austria announced that it and Germany would take the migrants on humanitarian grounds and to aid their EU neighbor.

In jubilant scenes on the border, hundreds of migrants bearing blankets over their shoulders to provide cover from heavy rains walked off from buses and into Austria, where volunteers at a roadside Red Cross shelter offered them hot tea and handshakes of welcome.

Many collapsed in exhaustion on the floor, smiles on their faces.

Hever ikke skattene

Merkel sa videre at det ikke er aktuelt å øke skattene. Tyskland klarer et balansert budsjett til tross for den enorme tilstrømmingen – fire ganger så stor som i fjor.

A womanl holds a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as migrants set off on foot for the border with Austria from Budapest, Hungary, September 4, 2015.   REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Foto: En migrant legger ut til fots fra Budapest på vei mot den østerrikske grensen fredag 4. september, bærende på et bilde av Angela Merkel. Fotoet har en nedside. Den dag tyskerne at Merkel er mer de andres kansler enn deres egen, kan bildet bli en belastning. Slik Merkel nå uttaler seg virker det nesten som hun lever seg inn i rollen.

In light of the influx, the government plans to introduce a supplementary budget to free up funds for the refugees and to help towns in the frontline which are already struggling to pay for accommodation and fund medical care for the new arrivals.

«We won’t raise taxes. And we still have the goal of posting a balanced budget without taking on new debt,» Merkel told several local newspapers in an interview.

Berlin’s comfortable budgetary position is making it easier to master such «unexpected tasks», Merkel said, adding that the refugee crisis was the government’s priority now. Reuters

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