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Fears Schengen rules 'collapsing' under migrant pressure

Fears are growing that Europe's Schengen rules on free movement across borders is "pretty much collapsing" under the pressure from migrant arrivals as Hungary was forced to halt trains travelling westbound towards Germany today.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban blamed the Germans and their open arms policy on accepting refugees for "encouraging migrants" to ome to Europe.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports from outside Budapest's main train station:


Thousands of migrants travelled from Hungary to Germany

Thousands of migrants reportedly travelled for Hungary to Germany this weekend, using a key train line that runs through Austria.

Taking advantage of the Schengen agreement, which allows passport-free travel through most of Europe, the migrants were able to board trains without having to undergo identification checks.

Migrants have been crossing from Hungary to Germany via a train that runs through Austria Credit: ITV

Hungarian PM set for migration crisis meeting

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is set to meet with European Union leaders in Brussels this week to discuss the current migration crisis.

Hungary's PM is set to meet EU leaders to discuss the migrant crisis Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/PA

Orban will consult with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council Chairman Donald Tusk, European Parliament President Martin Schulz, and European People's Party chair Joseph Daul on Thursday to try to find a solution to the issue.

An extraordinary summit in Prague on Friday will also be held by leaders of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

European Commission urged to find migrant crisis solution

The European Commission has been urged to come up with a solution to the current migrant crisis.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said proposals needed to be drawn up to establish how Europe will cope with the current influx of refugee and migrants.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said a clear plan for dealing with the migrant crisis needs to be established Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/ PA

Rajoy told a press conference: "There are two things we must say clearly - the European Commission must say, identify what are the safe countries of origin ... and we need to work towards a certain harmonisation in future."

Hungary's terminus reopens but not to migrants

Hungary's Eastern Railway Terminus has reopened for train traffic, according to news agency MTI.

But migrants are not allowed into Budapest's station, the agency said.

The station closed for more than an hour as hundreds of migrants arrived to board trains to the west towards Austria and Germany.


Government says station closed to enforce EU law

Migrants wave their train tickets outside the main Eastern Railway station in Budapest. Credit: Reuters

A governmnet spokesperson said that Hungary is trying to adhere to European Union law after closing the railway terminus in Budapest.

Asked why the station was closed, government spokesperson Zoltan Kovacs said they were trying to enforce EU law, which requires anyone who wishes to travel within Europe to hold a valid passport and Schengen visa.

Hundreds of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest's shuttered Eastern Railway Terminus today, demanding that the station be reopened and they be allowed to travel on to Germany.

Over the weekend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged other EU countries to accept a greater share of the refugees, as her government struggles to cope with an expected record 800,000 arrivals this year.

Hundreds of migrants protest outside Budapest station

Hundreds of migrants have gathered outside Budapest station today to protest the closure of the capital's main rail terminus.

As many as 1,000 people are reportedly waiting outside the station chanting 'Germany, Germany' and waving their tickets at police who have blocked the entrance.

The train station closure follows reports that a record number of migrants had arrived in Vienna, Austria yesterday, en route to Germany, after travelling from Hungary via train.

Migrants wave their train tickets outside the main Eastern Railway station in Budapest after being told they were not allowed to board their westbound trains Credit: REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
some 3,650 migrants reportedly traveled from Budapest to Vienna and then on to Germany yesterday Credit: REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Second foreign suspect arrested in connection with Bangkok blast

At least 20 people died in last month's attack, including one British citizen Credit: Reuters

A second foreign suspect has been arrested in connection with last month's Bangkok bombing, Thailand's Prime Minister confirmed today.

The arrest comes two days after a 28-year-old "foreigner" was detained by police during a raid at a flat in the north of the capital.

The male suspect was arrested in Sa Kaeo province, which is east of Bangkok on the border with Cambodia, Prayuth said.

"We have arrested one more, he is not a Thai," Prayuth told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting.

Migrant crisis: Hungary closes main Budapest rail station

Hungary has closed Budapest's main railway station today as hundreds of migrants queued up to board trains to other EU countries.

Officers are standing guard outside Budapest's main train station after it was closed this morning Credit: APTN
Hundreds of migrants are waiting outside the station Credit: APTN
Migrants gather to board train to Austria at Budapest station in Hungary Credit: Reuters

According to national news agency MTI there are currently no trains arriving or departing from the station.

The closure follows reports that a record number of migrants had arrived in Vienna, Austria yesterday after travelling from Hungary via train.

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