Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Greece warns it could allow migrants to flood EU

ATHENS -- Greece's defense minister has warned that "a wave of migrants" could be let through to the EU unless austerity demands put before Athens are withdrawn.
(Beta/AP, file)
(Beta/AP, file)
"If they deal a blow to Greece, then they should know the the migrants will get papers to go to Berlin. If Europe leaves us in the crisis, we will flood it with migrants, and it will be even worse for Berlin if in that wave of millions of economic migrants there will be some jihadists of the Islamic State too," Panos Panos Kammenos said.
Kammenos, who heads the right-wing Independent Party of Greeks, now in coalition with the left-wing Syriza, said that the EU’s passport-free Schengen zone left it vulnerable.

"If they strike us, we will strike them. We will give to migrants from everywhere the documents they need to travel in the Schengen area, so that the human wave could go straight to Berlin,” he said.

Kammenos noted that migrants are crossing Greece's borders every day, and that there are currently 10,000 of them held in centers throughout the country.

The Guardian writes that "EU officials have been so concerned by the Greek threats that the European Commission last week sought assurances that no measures to open up detention centers are being taken."

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