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Saying he was "convinced these will be very hard talks", Horst Seehofer said Thursday "it is a problem for all of Europe and we want to negotiate with Italy and Greece" to send them back migrants who had already registered and applied for asylum in those countries, the main entry points to the EU.

But Mr Orban said the best way to be humane was to close borders and help the countries that migrants came from.

The German minister made the comments though Rome and Berlin have yet to reach a deal on the issue.

In response, Austrian Chancellor Kurz said on Tuesday that he would not accept a plan that is disadvantageous to his country, indicating he will seek stricter border controls if Germany implements the agreement. In the last month Italy and Malta have refused to take in migrants rescued at sea by aid groups, and Merkel has had to agree with her conservative allies to turn back asylum-seekers who've registered in another of the bloc's nations.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that the perspective on the migration between Hungary and Germany is very different.

The weeks-long row had threatened to topple her "grand coalition" government after just 100 days in power.

Merkel said that securing the external borders of the European Union is not the creation of a "fortress against the people, brought by the smugglers".

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Speaking in the German parliament on Wednesday, Merkel said "it is worth making every effort to try to deescalate this conflict so that it does not become an all-out war". German news weekly Der Spiegel said yesterday that the hard-fought compromise marked an "Orbanization" of Merkel's policies, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

Since then, far-right parties are sharing power in key countries such as Italy and Austria while the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party won almost 100 seats in the Bundestag lower house.

Seehofer, echoing Merkel, said the centres would heed the German constitution, which allows new arrivals to be held for up to 48 hours at entry points if authorities believe there is an issue with how they entered Germany.

"I understand that if you only ever talk about border security, border security, border security that people will say: you only want to seal yourselves off", she said.

"Of course I always asked myself whether what we are doing is right and important".

The German solution, however, is dependent on bilateral agreements with European Union states to take back asylum seekers who previously registered in their countries.

Other reports by GizPress

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