Germany, Hungary very different in view of migration: Merkel

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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.

Now the numbers of such migrants arriving at Bavaria's border with Austria are 10 or fewer daily, the German government says.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said she will make "every effort" to avoid a trade war with the United States and repeated her pledge to increase defence spending, addressing two major points of contention in the US-German relationship.

In an interview with German mass daily Bild, Orban said Hungary was open for talks with Germany if Berlin managed to strike a migration deal with neighbouring Austria, whose Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is, like Orban, an immigration hardliner.

Kurz, who governs in coalition with the far right, has pledged to prevent a repeat of Europe's 2015 migration crisis in which Austria took in more than one percent of its population in asylum seekers.

The deal requires irregular migrants to be processed at police facilities on the border if they can not be transferred to Munich airport, and processed within 48 hours.

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Germany's interior minister said on Thursday he was confident centre-left coalition partners would back setting up border zone transit centres for migrants under a plan to defuse a dispute over asylum policy threatening to bring down the government.

Seehofer's Christian Social Union party in the state of Bavaria actively courted Orban during those years in an affront to Merkel.

But Orban, who since 2015 has positioned himself as Merkel's adversary in migration policy, said Europe best showed humanity by removing incentives for refugees to come to the continent. From there, migrants already registered elsewhere in the European Union and not entitled to settle in Germany could be deported.

Seehofer told Parliament that "they will be very hard talks" and "there will be no agreements in the first round".

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted Thursday that an undisclosed number of migrants from among the 234 who arrived aboard the Lifeline last week had departed for France as part of what he as described an "ad hoc agreement between nine countries" on "responsibility-sharing". After a standoff, Malta let the boat dock but only if other countries offered to take a share of the migrants.

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