Germany bars Austrian trains from territory


In its response to the increasing Illegal migrants into Europe, Germany has started to bar trains from Austria from entering its territory, a spokeswoman for the Austrian rail company, OeBB has said.

Tens of thousands of people, many of them refugees from Syria, have crossed Austria by train on their way to Germany since the two countries threw open their borders to the migrants last weekend. A record number were expected to enter Austria from Hungary on Sunday.

“No more trains will run from Austria to Germany,” the spokeswoman said. “The Germans will not take over any trains.”

Ruediger Grube, the chief executive of Deutsche Bahn [DBN.UL], the German rail operator, had informed his Austrian counterpart of the suspension, the spokeswoman said.

“The OeBB CEO, Christian Kern, was informed by Ruediger Grube that rail traffic will be stopped immediately,” the spokeswoman said, adding that 1,800 people were on trains in Austria headed for Germany.

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