Friday, January 29, 2016
Is Greece about to be martyred again by the EU? By Pavlos Eleftheriadis
''..Schengen is only one element in the legal framework which constitutes the EU’s core belief of the free movement of persons and has very little bearing on the Union’s asylum policies. But the decision must be understood alongside the call, made at the same time, to strengthen the borders of what we Greeks call the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with northern Greece, as well as the political pressure in several member states to react strongly against uncontrolled migration.
Now calls are being made to seal off Greece from the rest of the EU. The motivation behind the rhetoric seems clear: it is expedient for some EU leaders to present Greece as the villain of the migration crisis. They are effectively proposing to move the external EU border northward and cast Greece off or turn it away, as if it were itself an unwanted boat packed with refugees.''