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.
In 2017, a total of 15,414 people applied for asylum at German borders, with 1,740 of those applications made at the German-Austrian border - or around 4.7 per day, according to data from Seehofer's ministry provided to Left party lawmakers.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives Union on Thursday night reached an agreement on strengthened asylum policies with coalition partner Social Democratic Party (SPD), ending weeks-long dispute that nearly toppled the government.
Seehofer and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on Monday that the country will set up "transit centers" on the border with Austria to temporarily house refugees and migrants. The compromise comes on the heels of a migration policy spat between Merkel and Seehofer that threatened to topple the government.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel clashed with her Hungarian counterpart over the responsibilities Europe had towards refugees seeking sanctuary on the continent in a tense press conference marked by unusually passionate disagreements.
Kurz said "major progress" on external borders had been made at a recent summit in Brussels of European Union leaders as he sought to dispel doubts about the vague communique that was agreed.
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"It is nearly old-fashioned to only calculate goods and not include services", Merkel said. Since then, far-right parties are sharing power in key countries such as Italy and Austria, while the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won almost 100 seats in the Bundesta's lower house.
Merkel said that the perspective on the migration between Hungary and Germany was very different.
Merkel's tone toward Orban has changed of late as well. "Europe can not simply decouple from hardship and suffering". Last week she even thanked the Hungarian leader for his efforts to bolster the EU's external borders, while Orban declared the "enormous success" of his tough stance in the conclusion of an European Union summit last week.
"Of course I always asked myself whether what we are doing is right and important". "We are fighting for a European solution".
Mr Orban said that Hungary would refuse to take back migrants who had travelled through the country - even if they had registered in Hungary and not in Greece.