Sauli Niinistö said: “Migration is a serious problem. Europe, Finland, the Western way of thinking and our values have all been challenged by it.’
The migrant crisis continued to unravel after Hungary announced its own plans to build a huge border fence on the frontier with Romania which will effectively seal off northern Europe from the Balkans.
No-nonsense Prime Minister Viktor Orban ignored pleas from Brussels to drop his radical plans to reduce migration, insisting he was acting as a defender of Christian Europe.
He said: “We will teach Brussels, the human traffickers and the migrants that Hungary is sovereign country.
“We cannot solve the demographic problems of the undeniably dwindling and ageing European population with the Muslim world without losing our lifestyle, security and ourselves. Those coming here have no intention of adapting to our lifestyle.”
Tomorrow Mrs Merkel will meet Tihomir Oreskovic, the Prime Minister of Hungary’s neighbour Croatia, to discuss how the flow of migrants can be reduced.
The tiny eastern European state has been under intense pressure, with thousands of refugees travelling through its lands on the way to Germany and Scandinavia.