Germany will impose temporary controls on its borders in an attempt to contain the refugee influx, officials said.
“Germany, at the moment, is introducing temporary border controls at its borders,” German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere said Sunday during a press conference in Berlin. “The focus will be on the border with Austria, for now,” he said.
De Maiziere said that the aim of the border control measures is to limit the flow of people into the country and ensure orderly entries.
The European Commission said Sunday that the new measures are not in violation of the Schengen agreement, which guarantees free movement between member states for EU citizens.
The German minister said that a special meeting of EU home affairs ministers to be held on Sept. 14, would discuss the potential creation of refugee centers or “hot spots” in Italy, Greece and Hungary.