Organized by: Marie Julien
The German navy has rescued almost 400 refugees from a wooden boat on the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya. DPA, a local news agency, reports that members of the German Navy frigate Schleswig-Holstein rescued the group, who were mostly from Sudan and Eritrea, on Saturday afternoon. The German navy has two frigates in the southern Mediterranean that have picked up 1,980 people since their mission began in late June. Thousands of refugees have drowned this year while trying the cross the Mediterranean from Libya and Turkey to Europe, prompting a EU-wide mission to intercept people attempting to make the crossing. Summary - war of words between European neighbours Here’s a round-up of the latest movements mid-afternoon: Croatia “lied in the face” of Budapest and the EU when it appeared to claim there was an agreement to send almost 1,000 refugees to the border last night, Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto said. “Instead of honestly making provision for the immigrants, it sent them straight to Hungary. What kind of European solidarity is this?” 2,500 people are still in Tovarnik, a Croatian town on the Serbian border, but more are being transported by train and bus to the Hungarian border tonight. Thus far, Hungary has been letting arrivals pass through. Earlier, Croatia’s prime minister sent a stark message to Hungary, saying his country will continue forcing its neighbour to accept more refugees by sending them to the border, in direct opposition to the wishes of Hungary. The Hungarian border can only be completely sealed with brutal force, Zoran Milanovic said. “Even if that were possible under the constitution – and it is not – it means killing people,” he said. Last night, Croatia closed seven of its eight border crossings with Serbia. Police in Slovenia say 1,500 migrants have entered the country from Croatia today, but hundreds more are waiting at the border as they let in only limited numbers. Refugees are camped out in the town of Harmica and at another crossing a few miles south in Bregana, and there are long queues at the borders. Most are hoping to cross Slovenia into Austria.