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Seehofer planned later on Thursday to hold talks in Vienna with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who has said his government would take measures to protect its southern borders - including with Italy where many migrants first set foot on European Union soil - if Germany proceeded with the transit zones.

Orban said that Germany should be grateful for the fence that Hungary has built on its borders with Serbia and Croatia, and which, according to him, is guarded 24 hours a day to 8,000 armed men.

After the meeting with the Union leadership, SPD Chairwoman Andrea Nahles said they had agreed that there will be no national unilateralism and no rejections of asylum seekers at German border.

"It is in the interest not only of Italy, but also Austria and Germany, if the migration pressure on this route is less", Mr Kurz said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban are underlining their differences on the issue of migration, but say they are willing to keep talking.

"We think it's unfair that Germany often accuses us of a lack of solidarity", Orban said.

Regarding a possible rejection of refugees to Hungary, Merkel explained that Germany has felt that Hungary seems to be not responsible for the Dublin rules, referring to the agreement reached in 2013 on the dealing with asylum seekers in EU.

The plan, which would set up border zone transit centres for migrants, was agreed earlier this week to save conservative German Chancellor Angela Merkel's fragile three-party coalition only three months after it had taken office. "That is why I am pleased we've found a solution".

Male top seeds win at Wimbledon, Cilic out
Serena Williams , the seven-time Wimbledon victor , is seeded 25th after her tentative return from the birth of her first child. The Croat was stunned 3-6 1-6 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 by Argentina's world No.82 Guido Pella in three hours 12 minutes.

After the meeting, Kurz said "things had been cleared up now", but acknowledged that there would be a "period of uncertainty" while Germany sought to negotiate agreements on returns with Greece and Italy.

Mrs Merkel said Europe should protect its borders but without becoming "some sort of fortress".

Austria, which took over the EU's rotating presidency on 1 July, wants to strengthen the EU's external borders while avoiding internal controls on the continent.

Many countries in Central and Eastern Europe advocate an anti-refugee and anti-immigrant policy.

"There must be legal possibilities for study and work", she said.

"If we want to act humanely, then there must be no pull-factor".

Austria has become an enthusiastic supporter of a long-standing effort by the European commission to create a European border and coastguard agency, in contrast to the policy of previous Austrian governments.

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