It was last month that the Austrian political establishment realised that they they were close to losing the trust of the key Austrian middle class over migration. The Austrian middle class are a funny lot; they see themselves as liberal, sophisticated and metropolitan, but in a deeply conservative way. They laugh-off the country's obsession with titles but become deeply offended if you omit to acknowledge a Mag. or an Ing. in correspondence - never mind Doktor Doktor Doktor Knödel. Migrants are fine, in small, easily managed numbers, well-dispersed, closely watched and widely exposed to church bells, roadside crucifixes and greeted many times a day with 'Grüß Gott' - the God being of course the true Christian one, incorporating the persons of Christ and the Holy Ghost.
So when Vienna's politicians realised that they were in danger of losing the critical middle class over migration, they acted. Austria would have a new annual quota - 37,500 - and this would include the spouses and dependents of those already here. No more than 80 migrants a day. And after Germany started turning back the 'pass-throughs', a limit and restrictions on the number admitted who are heading for Germany.
'Illegal!' screamed the EU. Not so, said Austria, quoting the Dublin agreement. They have a right only to claim asylum in the first safe country, not to pick and choose where they are going to go. Once they have left Greece or Italy they forfeit the automatic right of asylum in any of the 'inner' countries. The EU may choose to pick a fight with Viennese lawyers, but I wouldn't recommend it.