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Löfven: border controls not needed in Sweden

The leader of the opposition conservative Moderates, Anna Kinberg Batra, challenged the government today to have preparedness to be able to institute temporary border controls, as Germany acted to do over the weekend.

"We have an acute siutation in Europe right now, and we should be prepared to consider similar measures as Germany, if we need to," Kinberg Batra told news agency TT. "It's about temporarily improving the checks – not about closing borders. That's important to underline."

Migration Minister Morgan Johansson (Social Democrat), however, says that Sweden's preparedness is already good and that introducing tighter border controls would be a question for the police.

"What we see is that the police and migration authorities have control over the situation," said Johansson.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said that Germany's decision must be respected, but that Sweden currently has control over the situation and does not need to take similar action.

Meanwhile Löfven met with the President of the EU Parliament, Martin Schulz today, in Stockholm, to discuss the refugee crisis.

Löfven believes that Europe will be able to manage the influx of refugees "if we have a system that works."

Schulz said that Germany's decision to enforce temporary border controls demonstrates that even one of the strongest countries in Europe needs to get some sort of order into the process. Given that the EU has more than 500 million inhabitants, he said that it should not be a problem if 500,000 refugees are distributed throughout the 28-member bloc. But he said that what Germany had done was only termporary, and that what was needed was an external EU border control.

Schulz also said that a solution needs to be found in Syria and Iraq, which demands stronger international engagement in order to put an end to the dreadful war. He said Jordan also needs financial support in order to be able to cope with all the refugees it's taking in, and that money that has been promised to the country has yet to be paid out.

And in Brussels, ambassadors for EU member countries are going back to the negotiating table about whether to institute obligatory refugee quotas across the union.

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