European Union president lashes out at ‘unilateral’ actions by EU members as ‘detrimental’ to union
Athens: European Union President Donald Tusk on Thursday issued a stark warning to economic migrants not to come to Europe, as he castigated countries for taking unilateral action to tackle the crisis.
On a visit to Greece — on the frontline of Europe’s worst migration crisis since the Second World War — Tusk told economic migrants it was pointless to apply for asylum in the European Union.
“I want to appeal to all potential illegal economic migrants wherever you are from: Do not come to Europe,” Tusk told a press conference in Athens after talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
“Do not believe the smugglers. Do not risk your lives and your money. It is all for nothing.”
And with thousands stuck on the Greece-Macedonia border after Austria and Balkan states began tightly restricting migrant entries, Tusk lashed out at “unilateral” actions by EU members as “detrimental to the European spirit of solidarity”.
The border restrictions have left Greece with a huge bottleneck of migrants as Macedonia lets only a trickle through, with the EU estimating the number stranded in miserable conditions could be as high as 12,000.
Tsipras said he would like to see sanctions imposed on EU states that undermine joint decisions by the 28-member bloc.
“Greece will demand ... that there be sanctions to those who do not respect (European solidarity treaties),” he told a press conference with Tusk. Read more...
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