Slovenia gives army expanded powers to tackle refugee crisis

Ljubljana has granted the military the power to patrol the border where police are absent. Slovenia has seen thousands of migrants come through from Croatia just this week.

Slovenia’s parliament passed a new law on Wednesday morning allowing the army more power to assist border police. The small eastern European nation has become the latest bottleneck in the refugee crisis as its neighbors begin to shut their borders.

The legislation, crafted by an all-night government meeting on Tuesday , allows the army to patrol the frontier even when border police are not present. The army has already been deployed at the border since Monday, but so far only when directly assisting squads of police officers.

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Source News: DW