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Merkel urges states over refugees
01 Sep 2015 23:11
Hundreds of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest's Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday, demanding they be allowed to travel on to Germany.
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The biggest ever influx of migrants into the European Union has left its asylum policies in tatters.
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Around 1,000 people waved tickets, clapping, booing and shouting "Germany! Germany!" outside the station. Later they sat down, staring at a police blockade erected at the entrance.
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A refugee crisis rivalling the Balkan wars of the 1990s as Europe's worst since World War Two has polarised and confounded the EU, which has no mechanism to cope with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of poor and desperate people.
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Germany is likely to accept by far the largest share.
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In the case of those fleeing the Syrian civil war it has effectively suspended an EU rule that asylum seekers must apply in the first EU country they reach.
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But it insisted today that the rule was nevertheless still in force and urged other EU countries to abide by it.
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