EU ON EDGE: Italy lashes out at Austria as it builds migrant border fences across Alps

The migrants are crossing the Mediterranean from Africa to Italy in growing numbers Austria has said Rome must stop them traveling onwards towards northern Europe or it will have to introduce border controls at the Brenner Pass in the Alps.

European Council President Donald Tusk told the European Parliament EU member states had “no more than months” to manage the migration crisis, and failure to do so would result in the collapse of the Schengen passport-free travel zone.

From June, checks will begin in Brenner Pass, the major motorway linking the country with Italy as part of a €1million tightening of borders set to cause chaos for commuters, hauliers and local businesses.

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