PM leaves National Security Council session for talk with Merkel


Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic left a National Security Council session in parliament on Friday after 40 minutes and went to the government building for a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Speaking to the press, he said the talks at the session were good and that President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic would have all the information regarding the refugee issue. “Good talks. The president, of course, can’t have all the information and… will be briefed about everything. Our plans are working at the moment and those who think they can close down Europe with barbed wire are deluded.”

After members of the press remarked that Slovenia and Hungary had started letting refugees through, Milanovic said, “People don’t want to stay either in Slovenia or Hungary. I can’t understand why someone would close the border when people only want to pass through. Especially if those on the other side, Germany, don’t demand that. I don’t get it.”

Grabar-Kitarovic suggested a National Security Council session to Milanovic on Tuesday, saying the migration crisis was becoming increasingly complex and that the wave of refugees could have social, economic and security implications for Croatia.

The Council includes the president, the prime minister, the ministers of defence, the interior, foreign affairs and the judiciary, and representatives of the army and security services.