Cowardice at the border: The leaders of Greece chose to surrender its border. Today, like yesterday, they are blaming the V4 nations for their actions.
Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said, “And for as long as the Visegrad countries [Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia] insist on their anti-European, anti-humanitarian and, in my opinion, illegal approach to European decisions, the problem will persist.”
Really? And what is the problem? Greece has not only surrendered its border but they have refused to send back “all irregulars” to Turkey as part of the EU-Erdogan Pact. As a result, more than 9,000 migrants live in a facility that is meant to house 3,100.
On top of that, more migrants continue to arrive on the island. Greece’s Migration Minister Dimitris Vitsas said that 3,600 migrants had been removed from the camps in June, but were replaced by another 5,700. Where did the other 3,600 vanish to…the Balkans?
This is Viktor Orban’s fault? Let’s keep in mind that the member states of Visegrad have offered in the past to send troops, detainment specialists and equipment to Greece to help seal the border, but this was clearly not Greece’s intention.
Instead, Greece wants to “share” migrants with others who want the EU external border sealed. While the V4 nations do not have the direct power to force Greece to act responsibly at the border, they also are under no obligation to have their national security priorities compromised by negligent decisions made in Greece.
PM Andrej Babis of the Czech Republic was correct in stating that his country would not take-in a single migrant. In addition, the former interior minister stated that the authorities in Greece refused to permit the Czechs to conduct their own security checks on the migrants that Greece sought to “share”.
Greece is apparently moving “asylum seekers” to the mainland, where some aggressive male migrants are “waved-through” to roam Europe via the Balkans. This “solidarity” exercised by the government of Greece has placed intense pressure on a new route that has emerged in the Balkans. Since the migrants are not being deported, they have sought smugglers to transport them to the EU. This acts as a magnet to attract not only more migrants, but the criminal underworld as well.
Greece is free to make its own decisions…but so is Visegrad. While the V4 nation states took courageous action to control events and to defend its borders, the leaders of Greece have allowed others to control them.
Actions have consequences and the leaders of Greece have no one else to blame but themselves.