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Fence-building Hungary defends action over 'brutal threat'

Hungary's prime minister has said eastern European nations are forced to protect themselves from the "brutal threat" of mass migration until the EU organises a united response to the refugee crisis.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has built a fence to keep out refugees on the Serbian border and is rapidly constructing a similar 3.5-metre-high steel fence on the Croatian border.

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Croatia to allow refugees to pass into western Europe

Zoran Milanovic said Croatia would 'direct people where they want to go'. Credit: PA

Croatia will allow refugees to pass through the country towards western Europe, the Prime Minister said today.

Zoran Milanovic confirmed around 150 people had entered Croatia from Serbia overnight.

"Croatia is entirely ready to receive or direct those people where they want to go, which is obviously Germany or Scandinavian countries," Milanovic said.

"They will be able to pass through Croatia and we will help, we're getting ready for that possibility."

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