Fence on Slovenian border is temporary, says Hungary

Hungary, Slovenia, Europe migrant crisis, Hungary refugees, Hungary migrants, Hungary borderHungarian soldiers extend spools of razor wire on the Slovenian border in Zitkovci, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Hungary has installed spools of razor wire near a border crossing with Slovenia, which like Hungary is part of the EU’s Schengen zone of passport-free travel. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Hungary says the razor wire it has placed on the Slovenia border is only temporary.

The government spokesman says no permanent fence — like the 4-meter (13-foot) high one it built on the border with Serbia — will be built on the Slovenian border since both Hungary and Slovenia belong to Europe’s Schengen passport-free travel zone.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban told reporters Friday that Hungary would not put anything on that border that can’t be “cleaned up” within a day.

Slovenian media said Hungary was already removing some of the barbed-wire fences, although it was also erecting new concertina wire around the Pince border crossing in northeast Slovenia.

Meanwhile, European Union President Donald Tusk said discussions at a recent summit were “very frank, sometimes brutal.”

Tusk says “many countries had something unpleasant to say to the other countries” but didn’t name any.

He added that a “thread of understanding” was emerging as the leaders abandoned mutual recriminations and started to think together about how to help the refugees while “protecting Europe from an excessive wave.”

Tusk spoke on Poland’s state TVP Info following the EU summit that decided to toughen border controls and provide more funds to help refugees in the Middle East.

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