German Chancellor condemns closure of Balkan route

    German Chancellor condemns closure of Balkan route

    March 10, Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has blamed European nations for "unilaterally" shutting the Balkan route for migrants, saying this had put Greece in a very difficult situation.

    She said that such decisions should be taken by the whole of the EU.

    Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and non-EU members Serbia and Macedonia have all acted to stem the migrant flow.

    The EU and Turkey, from where migrants reach Greece, have set out a plan to ease the crisis.

    Under the proposals, hammered out at a summit in Brussels on Monday but still to be finalised, all migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey would be sent back. For each Syrian returned, a Syrian in Turkey would be resettled in the EU, reports said.

    The plan would spell the end of "irregular migration to Europe," said European Council President Donald Tusk.

    It is the worst such crisis in Europe since World War Two.

    The Oslo Times


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