The Latest: Sweden angered by Danish action on migrants
VIENNA, Sep 10 (AP) — The latest developments as European governments rush to cope with the huge number of migrants moving across Europe. All times local (CET):
Denmark's decision to let migrants and refugees travel through the country to get to Sweden and other Nordic countries is getting a cool reception in Sweden.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said all countries need to follow EU asylum rules "and that means all countries must register refugees. That's what the Danish government has said before and we assume that all countries follow the rules we have."
In the Danish port city of Roedby, one of the two main crossings from Germany, migrants were seen being picked up by people in private cars. It was unclear where they were going.
The Danish railway company DSB said some train service between Germany and Denmark resumed Thursday after being suspended the day before.
Austrian railways is suspending all traffic between Hungary and Austria as migrants continue to flow over the border.
A statement from the company says Thursday's move is due to "massive overload."
The statement says trains will continue to run from Nickelsdorf to Vienna. Nickelsdorf, the main border crossing into Austria from Hungary, has been the point of entry for most of the thousands of migrants and refugees leaving Hungary and continuing into Germany and other Western European EU countries.
Thousands more have sought to get on to trains leaving the Hungarian capital, Budapest, for Vienna.
Torrential rain has turned the Macedonian border into a sea of mud — the latest trial facing those on the 1,000 mile-plus trek into Europe.
At least 7,000 people, including many parents lugging young children, braved downpours and muddy fields Thursday to cross Greece's northern border into Macedonia. Greek border police said was the largest single wave of refugees and migrants they had seen so far.
Despite wrapping themselves up in garbage bags of every kind, the migrants, many of them fleeing the war in Syria, were soaked to the skin. Their sneakers were caked with mud, their hats and hoods dripping with rain. Two men lifted a white-haired man, helping him step by step. Some parents raised their children high in the air so Macedonian police would let them through the checkpoints first.
By early afternoon, all had crossed but thousands more were on their way, heading to the Greek mainland in ferries from the country's overcrowded eastern islands.
The European Parliament has backed the plan of EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to spread out 160,000 refugees in Hungary, Greece and Italy across the other member states.
The support of the legislature had been expected and has little impact compared with the power of the member states, which also need to back the plan.
EU ministers will hold an extraordinary meeting on the issue next Monday and several eastern EU nations have already voiced their opposition to a mandatory spreading of refugees to their countries.
Romania's president says there is "no way" his country will accept the extra number of migrants the European Commission has proposed.
Romania has been asked to accept 6,351 people. Leaders say that's too much after they initially agreed to accept some 1,785.
President Klaus Iohannis said Romania will send its interior minister to a special meeting Monday in Brussels to discuss the issue.
"I had a discussion with him today and his mandate is to declare that there is no way Romania will agree to the obligatory quotas."
Iohannis said the EU is seeking to distribute migrants in a bureaucratic way without consulting member states.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited a home for refugees in Berlin and says she hopes that the integration of newcomers will be helped by their children learning German in school.
Merkel's brief visit Thursday to a refugee home in the suburb of Spandau came as Germany contemplates the task of absorbing the influx of refugees from Syria and elsewhere.
Merkel told reporters after her closed-doors visit that she spoke with two refugee families, one of them with two children now attending a kindergarten. She said: "Their integration will certainly take place in part via the children, who will learn German very quickly in kindergarten. And I hope and believe that the great majority will want to learn our language very quickly."
Hungarian police are rejecting allegations that they mistreat migrants, as a record high of more than 3,300 entered the country in just one day.
Police said Thursday around 1,000 officers were on duty on the border with Serbia, where 3,321 migrants had been detained Wednesday.
Spokeswoman Viktoria Csiszer-Kovacs said migrants at police-run points near the border with Serbia and at registration centers are being given provisions and medical attention. She called allegations of abuse "blatant lies," saying "illegal migrants are being looked after regularly and constantly."
A day earlier, Peter Brouckaert from Human Rights Watch had described "horrific" conditions for migrants in Hungary, calling it "unacceptable that people are being treated like animals on the doorstep of Europe."
Germany's vice chancellor says a new European Union plan to relocate 160,000 refugees around Europe is a good "first step" but the numbers show clearly more is needed.
Sigmar Gabriel told Parliament in Berlin on Thursday that Germany had registered some 450,000 migrants this year, including 105,000 in August and 37,000 in September through Tuesday.
"That shows that the redistribution of 160,000 refugees in Europe is a first step," Gabriel said. "One could also say a drop in the ocean that won't solve everything."
The EU proposed Wednesday in Brussels to share 120,000 refugees from Greece, Italy and Hungary among 22 member states, on top of a proposal in May to share 40,000 refugees from just Greece and Italy.
Denmark's police chief says his officers have been ordered not to stop hundreds of migrants who have entered the country via Germany.
Jens Henrik Hoejbjerg says Danish officers "can't detain foreigners who do not want to seek asylum (in Denmark)."
Hoejbjerg said Thursday that the National Police made the decision late Wednesday. There was no immediate reaction from the Danish government.
Under European Union rules, people seeking asylum should do so in the first EU country they enter and not travel from one country to another. Many migrants say they want to go on to Sweden, Norway or Finland, because they have relatives there or believe that conditions for asylum-seekers are better.
Austrian police say more than 3,000 migrants crossed into Austria overnight at Nickelsdorf, the main border point with Hungary.
They say a train carrying up to 500 migrants left for Vienna early Thursday but most remain at Nickelsdorf.
Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck says authorities are meeting to discuss whether further special trains will be sent to the border to take people to Vienna's Westbahnhof terminal. Most of those arriving there since the influx began last weekend chosen to continue on to Germany.
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