Migrant crisis: Greece recalls ambassador from Austria amid EU rifts

26 Φεβ 2016

Greece has recalled its ambassador to Austria amid sharp divisions among EU states over the migrant crisis. It acted after Austria hosted a meeting with Balkan states on the migrant issue, to which Greece was not invited.

   Meanwhile, EU and Balkan interior ministers met in Brussels to try to heal rifts over the migrant issue.
   Speaking afterwards, the EU's migration commissioner warned the bloc's migration system could "completely break down" within weeks. Dimitris Avramopoulos said member states had until a 7 March summit with Turkey to curb the number of migrants.
   "In the next 10 days, we need tangible and clear results on the ground," he told reporters. Austria, Serbia and Macedonia have taken their own steps to limit entry to migrants, angering Greece, which fears the controls will cause a bottleneck. The measures also threaten Europe's Schengen passport-free travel area that spans 26 countries.
   Greece's foreign ministry said the ambassador was being recalled "in order to safeguard the friendly relations between the states and the people of Greece and Austria".
   Problems facing the EU, it added, could not be addressed with "mentalities and extra-institutional initiatives that have their roots in the 19th Century". Speaking in Brussels, Greek Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas said his country would "not accept becoming Europe's Lebanon". Lebanon is home to about a million of the four million Syrians who have fled to neighbouring countries.
Πηγή: BBC

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