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Tysklands innenriksminister Thomas de Maiziere sa denne uken at han støtter tanken om å ta EU-støtte fra landene som nekter å ta sin del av migrantene.nytimes.com

Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he supports the idea of cutting European Union funding to countries that refuse to share the burden of hosting refugees —

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German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Tuesday there needs to be discussion of how to exert pressure. He told ZDF television that the countries rejecting quotas often receive significant amounts of EU funding.

He said that Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has suggested — «and I find that right» — that «we should talk about (them) getting less money from the structural funds.»

Hvis Tyskland tror trusler skal løse krisen, tar de feil. Den tsjekkiske innenriksministeren sa det var Tysklands feil at situasjonen har kommet ut av kontroll. Nå vil de i tillegg velte ansvaret over på andre.

Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec is blaming Germany for the current migrant crisis.

«The current biggest problem of solving migration is an inconsistent policy of Germany,» Chovanec said on Twitter. «And showing muscles to the neighbors across the border won’t conceal it.»

Merkel distanserte seg fra forslaget. Men hva gjør hun til uken hvis byrdefordelingen ikke kommer av flekken?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she doesn’t favor threatening other European Union nations in the migration crisis after her interior minister raised the idea of cutting EU funding to those that don’t take in refugees.

Merkel said after meeting Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Tuesday that «we must try to restore a European spirit.» She added: «I don’t think that threats are the right way to an agreement.»

Merkel and Faymann insisted anew that the crisis is an issue for the whole EU. Faymann said: «Many countries are sticking their heads in the sand and hoping that the problem will pass them by because Germany, Austria and Sweden have signaled a different humanitarian position.»

He added: «Trampling on the right to asylum is not an alternative in our community of values.»