Merkel: German Security Fence with Austria Could Spark War (Video)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns a security fence will bring war.
Ms Merkel said Balkan states could be plunged back into war – the first time since the 1990s – if Germany closed it border with Austria.
She told members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union party that erecting a fence to stem the unrelenting flow of migrants would “lead to a backlash”.
Referencing the bloody conflicts in the former state of Yugoslavia, she said: “I do not want military conflicts to become necessary there again.”
The German leader, giving a speech in Darmstadt, southern Germany, said barbed wire fences along the borders of Hungary and Serbia “will build up fault lines” and threatens to provoke new tensions.
Slovenia has become the latest country to consider erecting a barrier along its frontier.
Prime minister Miro Cerar said his country would not close down its borders but would use “technical obstacles” to control the influx.
He said this could include a border fence “if necessary”.