As the second of the EU's inner ring to break away from a Brussels-coordinated approach to Europe's migrant crisis, Die Krone has run a story that the government has agreed to ensure the removal of at least 12,500 economic migrants a year. Illegals from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Georgia, Mongolia and Gambia will be disposed of with a '10 day quick' method; migrants leaving voluntarily before being deported on military aircraft will get €500 handshake, and the Information ministry will reach economic migrants in their own and third countries through social media with the simple message 'Don't waste your time - we'll send you back'. The military is being mobilised to undertake forced repatriation flights.
Austria's move follows Sweden breaking ranks with the announcement that she will deport 80,000 economic migrants. Both actions make both Merkel and Juncker look ridiculous, and the decision places additional pressure on Germany's government to make a similar announcement.
Throughout the crisis Herr Juncker, Europe's most senior unelected official, has failed to demonstrate any leadership, any coherent plan or to inspire any confidence in the EU's core nations. Many now view his role as leading the EU into terminal decline - including Janet Daley in the Telegraph.
Meanwhile, three km down the road in the village, the slight thaw has brought three or four Flüchtlinge out of their disused hotel, for the first time since they arrived in December, and it's a been a bit like 'Springwatch' as the locals comment on their every move; in plastic sandals and chinese trainers they pick their way to the 'Spar' - where one is delegated to enter, watched so closely by every single member of staff and every customer that any thoughts of shoplifting are thwarted. They don't have any money that will buy anything here. Like badgers they decide the outdoors is a bit much for them, and pick their way back to their hotel, every step closely watched. I've been told the story twice so far, by two eyewitnesses. All it lacked was a commentary by Bill Oddie, and a video on Youtube. I have a feeling that the poor buggers will soon tire of Austrian community scrutiny and either head for Germany or take their €500 and go home.