Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that closing borders within Europe could lead to military conflict in the Balkans as she once again sought to defend her refugee policies on Monday.
Speaking at a conference in Darmstadt in southern Germany, Merkel said that if Germany closed its border to Austria it could result in military conflict, reports Spiegel.
Merkel said that the fence built by Hungary on its border with Serbia "will build up fault lines“ between the states in the Balkan region, many of whom were involved in a bloody war in the 1990s.
"I don't want to it to happen that military conflict is once again necessary there,“ Merkel said, adding that while she didn't want to be a harbinger of doom, escalations into violence happen more quickly than one thinks.
The chancellor said that a rise in tension between Balkan states is what led her to recently call a conference to discuss the refugee routes through the region.