Italy Furious After Austria Deploys Troops, Armored Vehicles To Border

Tyler Durden's picture

An angry Italy summoned Austria's ambassador after the government in Vienna announced it was ready to re-introduce border controls and deploy troops and armored vehicles along the border to block any migrant influx out of Italy. Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil told Kronen Zeitung daily that troops could go to the Brenner Pass and that four Pandur armoured personnel carriers had been sent to the Tyrol region with 750 troops were on standby.

“We need to prepare for the migration development in Italy, and I expect very promptly that border controls will have to be activated and assistance requested,” Hans Peter Doskozil told the online edition of the Krone daily, adding that a military deployment at the busy Alpine pass would be "indispensable if the influx into Italy [across the Mediterranean] does not diminish". While Austria has border checks with Hungary and Slovenia, elsewhere - such as on the border with Italy - it adheres to the EU open borders system.

Doskozil explained that “these are not battle tanks. These are armored vehicles without weapons which could block roads. These were already used during the refugee crisis of 2015/16 at the Spielfeld border crossing [with Slovenia],” just in case Italy got the impression that its northern neighbor was preparing to invade.

The Austrian border check point at Brenner.

The border controls will include the Alpine Brenner pass, which forms the border between Austria and Italy, one of the main mountain passes in the eastern Alps. There isn’t a strict time plan for the step-up in border security, but, according to Doskozil’s spokesman, “we see how the situation in Italy is becoming more acute and we have to be prepared to avoid a situation comparable to summer 2015” according to Reuters.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said that Vienna is prepared to "protect" the frontier with Italy "if necessary," as he spoke with the Austria Press Agency. Later Italy's foreign ministry said it had summoned Austrian Ambassador Rene Pollitzer "following the Austrian government's statement about deploying troops to the Brenner (pass)".

The latest turmoil inside Europe's customs union comes two years after Germany admitted over a million mostly Syrian migrants, as part of Angela Merkel's "Open Door" (since shut) welcome, and just days after Italy's interior minister demanded other EU nations "step up" and relieve Italy of the sudden flood of inbound migrants.

The Italian governor of South Tyrol, Arno Kompatscher, sought to defuse tensions. According to BBC, he said Austria had issued similar warnings about the border previously, and the situation there remained "quiet and stable". Austria was gearing up for a general election in October, Mr Kompatscher noted. The anti-immigration Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) is expected to poll strongly.

People-smuggling gangs have been exploiting the violence and chaos in Libya. The shortest crossing from Libya to Italy is only about 460km (290 miles). Nearly 85,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Italy in the first half of this year, across the Mediterranean. The UN refugee agency UNHCR says that is about 20% more than in the first half of 2016.

To be sure, the UN joined Italy's appeal, with Vincent Cochetel, the UNHCR'S special envoy for the central Mediterranean, saying that “this is not sustainable. We need to have other countries joining Italy and sharing that responsibility." So far, nobody in the European "Union" has stepped up to "share the responsibility" of Europe's generous refugee acceptance program.

The latest report by the UNHCR, revealed another troubling statistics: few of the migrants coming to Europe will granted asylum: 30% of them are fleeing conflict or persecution, while 70% of those arriving in Italy are economic migrants. Most migrants and refugees are young, single men with little or no education, and almost 15% are unaccompanied minors.

Meanwhile, Italy has also warned that the current scale of migrant arrivals is unsustainable and that it could even close its ports and impound aid agencies' rescue ships. In other words, yet another refugee crisis in Europe is imminent.

It will be the second time this has happened in two years. In 2015, the EU's Schengen system, or the free movement across most European borders,  was overwhelmed by an influx of migrants and refugees, whoe reached Central Europe via the Balkans, and most sought asylum in Germany. Since then, tighter border controls in the Balkans have reduced the numbers heading north from Greece. Most of the influx to Austria was via Hungary. Many of those who came by train or on foot were refugees from Syria, Iraq and other conflict zones.

So far 101,000 migrants have entered Europe in 2017 via the Mediterranean and according to the latest figures, 2,247 people have died or are missing at sea.

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HRClinton's picture

All it takes, is to pay the captain to steer the ship to Israel, and get the media on board.

That show, if televised, would be worth a ton of popcorn. 

JamesBond's picture




Trucker Glock's picture

Why aren't migrants flooding into Bosnia and Herzegovina?  BH has plenty of Muslims and would welcome them.  Not enough free shit? 

HRClinton's picture

Why not to Albania? It's Muslim and it's closer.

Just think how much of a boon that would be to the human organ trade for the Albanian Mafia. 

DeathingerStar's picture

Austria... The thinking man's Germany. Not that germany is worth a fucking thought anymore.

Solio's picture

See what happens when you tolerate a little bit of leprosy.



NoWayJose's picture

Italy is just upset that they couldn't get their own army to the border first, in order to try to keep the migrants from leaving!

apocalypticbrother's picture

UN commissioner for refugeez will hand pick the worst and send them to canada. From there they easily get into usa

az_patriot's picture

So.  The Italians are "furious!" because the Austrians want to defend their border.  How rich.  Maybe the Austrians should simply tell the Italians to pound sand and keep their "refugees" to themselves. 

ClickNLook's picture

Do you see what is happening: former allies diss each other, what's the world has become?

Avatar Of Failure's picture

We need more.

Send more shitskins.

All hail EU.

/slit wrists


Robert A. Heinlein's picture

This is not going to make the nannycrats in Belgium very happy.  They have not declared an end to the muslim refugee invasion. But at least  Merkel has taken the word friend out of the US relationship. 

ebear's picture

Well, there's your solution.  Send them all to Belgium!


slyder wood's picture

A guy lines up some hot dates for him and his buddy. He tells his buddy that they will have to cut thru Little Italy to meet the girls in time. His buddy informs him that he hates Italians but will persevere to be able to meet the girls. Along the way they encounter an Italian organ grinder and his monkey entertaining a crowd. When the monkey comes up to the guy's buddy he puts $50 dollars in the monkey's cup. The guy then asks him, " I thought you hated Italians". The buddy says, " yeah, I do, but I feel sorry for their kids. WOPS, the biggest two-faced cucks I know in my social circle, the tribe has co- opted them long ago. Thanks to the Catholic Church.

Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

Are we looking at this all wrong?

This is a Muslim invasion, I have no doubt.

Howvever, When one of them finally shouts "NOW!" and it's "game on" for Sharia Law who will they be killing? It sounds like the Euro-Lefties, in an attempt to "Virtue Signal" to their Lefty friends that they are not a racist nor islamaphobe, will go walking right up to them to welcome them and be soundly beaten for some violation of Sharia Law or another...

...another way to look at Sharia Law is...we convert and beat the shit out of the Lefties too! By my calculations, we could have Europe back for our non-Leftist selves in just 4 to 6 maybe a few weekend patrols for a while.

cheech_wizard's picture

If the EU had one iota of common sense, they'd round up every immigrant and send them to Turkey. They know how to do genocide right.

Standard Disclaimer: Tell me again why Germany and Turkey are NATO members?

Faeriedust's picture

Top Ten Nations in population growth:

#1 Lebanon, 9.37% PER YEAR

#2 Zimbabwe, 4.36% per year

#3 South Sudan, 4.12% per year

#4 Jordan, 3.86% per year

#5 Malawi, 3.33% per year

#6 Niger, 3.28% per year

#7 Burundi, 3.28% per year

#8 Uganda, 3.24% per year

#9 Libya, 3.08% per year

#10 Burkina Faso, 3.05% per year

(Omitted is Quatar, as over 90% of both the population and population growth of this oil-state are foreign-born expatriates.)

Forgeddabout "refugee" vs "economic" migration.  These people are on the move because there's no room, jobs, or food for them at home; the dictatorial and homicidal governments are an effect, not a cause, of TOO DAMNED MANY PEOPLE.  Bomb them with condoms and Plan B and remove all food and medical assistance (other than contraception) until they bring their populations under control.  DON'T be enablers of this antisocial behavior.


Alex Droog's picture

Don't forget San Juan County, Utah whose population blossomed 7.56% between 2015 and 2016.

slyder wood's picture

Mormons are another sellout on immigration. Hispanics are the fastest growing Mormon membership, LDS loves them or anyone willing to convert.

ClickNLook's picture

Also, they do not use electricity, just burn wood and coal - negative environment impact.

Joe Dirt's picture

For just 99 cents a day, you can help keep a child alive in the Sudan.

ClickNLook's picture

You will think that you would keep a child alive

Sweet Cheeks's picture

Every hungry, poverty stricken child you save will live to reproduce more hungry, poverty stricken children. Saving the children to produce more misery doesn't sound humane especially considering that the average IQ of the nation of Sudan is 71.

cheech_wizard's picture

My quote for the day: “People have been making war for thousands of years,” observed the Polish journalist and writer Ryszard Kapuscinski, “but each time it is as if it is the first war ever waged, as if everyone has started from scratch.”

rockstone's picture

I hope some people are taking notes. This is how it's done folks.

pine_marten's picture

Damn straight.  Bit we have to quit warring on the countries they are comming from too.

the cork's picture

Right p_m, that's why the #%# SOB's are coming in the first place. If we'd quit effing up their countries maybe they'd stay where the hell they are.

Centerist's picture

They aren't going to Europe just because of warfare.  Over half of those migrating are unaccompanied adult males (58%), and a small minority are adult females (17%) and the rest are children.  If this really was a matter of fleeing warfare, the numbers of families would be much greater.  The adult women are mostly going to be married to a small number of those adult males, some of the children will be accompanying those families, and other minors will be unaccompanied.

They didn't actually start arriving in Europe until Merkel invited them all, and the Syrian and Afghan conflicts have been going on much longer than that.  Those people are going to Europe for a share of someone else's resources, and that's it.  They aren't fleeing any conflict.

koan's picture

I think Italy is mad because they can't dump "refugees" that way any longer.

aliens is here's picture

I would be pissed too if I can't pass my unwanted guest to my next door neighbor. 

Alex Droog's picture

Is it just me or does the world seem to be becoming more entropic by the day? 

Riquin's picture

The EU is gone.

ClickNLook's picture

EU is rather artificial organization.

montresor's picture

Our honor and respect to the family businesses of Italy fighting for their lives..

logicalman's picture

OT and from a surprising source.

Interesting to say the least.

Worth a look for those attempting to connect dots.

Yars Revenge's picture

The migrant crisis is actually the Kalergi plan, renamed.

The bastardization of Europe is the objective, with the (((usual suspects))) behind it all.

directaction's picture

Why bother? Europe is toast, its days are numbered and the demographic transformation of Europe is unstoppable.

10mm's picture

Well the WOPs are truly fucked up. Along with the Krauts,Frogs.

Arrest Hillary's picture

"A Farewell To Harm !" Ernest Ididitmyway

RedBaron616's picture

There is a rather quick way to end the wave of immigration, but Europe is too cowardly to use it. It's rather simple: Tow the boats back where they came from and/or do not allow them inside territorial waters. Once would-be immigrants find out that the pipeline has ended, future numbers of potential immigrants will drop like a rock. But that plan takes resolve and Europe seems destined to commits suicide, all in the name of phony compassion. 

Centerist's picture


When spending the entirety of their meager savings or taking out loans results in nothing but being dumped back at the trip's start point, people will stop making use of human smuggling networks.  The risk won't be worth the reward.

That is how you stop it.

ebear's picture

Maybe, but there's a sucker born every minute. 

Make the traffickers bear the cost.  Confiscate their boats.

ebear's picture

"Tow the boats back where they came from..."

Too risky.

1. Intern all arrivals, then deport to point of origin on a safer vessel under armed guard.

2. Confiscate the boats for illegal entry.

You have to make it unprofitable for the traffickers, otherwise they'll just keep coming back.  When they start losing boats, you take the profit out of the operation and it stops.

GoldHermit's picture

5:1 Austria can kick their ass!

ClickNLook's picture

They can kick, but penetrate? , Never!!!

YourAverageJoe's picture

I like Austria.

It's good to see a nation stand and say "No"

dogismycopilot's picture

Too little too late.

I would suggest Poland and Hungary for your summer holidays.

Avoid Italy and France.

dunce's picture

Many thousands applied for some few dozen low level banking jobs in Itally, and they are taking in thousands of economic refugees from north Africa. Cognitive dissonance on steroids. Now they complain that someone in the EU is not batshit crazy.