Major General Brieger said that due to a lack of concrete border protection on the external borders of the European Union, all member states faced a threat from mass migration including the possibility of future terrorist attacks.
“The migration problem has developed in such a way that all member states of the European Union are affected. Until external border protection is fully guaranteed, there is a need to act at a national level,” Brieger said.
The 61-year-old Major General is considered one of the greatest strategists in the Austrian army and has already made an impression on populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) Defence Minister Mario Kunasek who said: “I have appointed an excellent soldier and officer with many years of military experience at home and abroad. He has qualified for upcoming tasks with his prudent and deliberate leadership style.”
Last month the Austrian army and police staged a large-scale exercises involving 1,000 police officers, soldiers, and riot police on the border after the government of Croatia warned that up to 80,000 migrants were in various parts of the Balkans wanting to cross into Europe.