Merkel Criticises Eastern Europe for Unilateral Approach to Migrants

EU | February 29, 2016, Monday // 12:59|  views

German Chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference in Mainz, Germany, January 09, 2016. EPA/BGNES

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized eastern European countries for acting independently and unilaterally in their response to the refugee crisis.

In particular, Merkel criticised the border controls imposed by Austria and several Balkan countries, which have left migrants stranded in Greece as they continue to arrive from Turkey.

Recently, Austria introduced daily cap on asylum applications, while Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia tightened their entry conditions.

Merkel was firm that Europe should not leave Greece all alone in dealing with the migrant crisis and that the EU can not allow Greece to fall into chaos.

In her opinion, the EU did not fight all the way to keep Greece in the eurozone just to allow it to plunge into chaos.

In an interview for public ARD television on Sunday, the German chancellor defended her decision to open German borders to migrants.

In her words, she had no Plan B on the migrant crisis and she would not change course, firmly rejecting proposed limit on migration.

Merkel was convinced that she was on the right track with efforts to redistribute refugees within Europe, while addressing the root causes of the migrant influx.

The refugee crisis will be discussed during the forthcoming EU-Turkey summit scheduled to take place on March 7 as well as at the meeting of European Council later in March.


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