Croatian PM defends Germany's open door policy

Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said in an interview with the German Bild daily which hit the newsstands on Thursday that he supported Germany's open door policy for refugees, comparing the complex situation with building Legos.

"Open borders are the right principle for Europe. A permanent closure of borders would cause great damage to Europe and not just in economic terms," Oreskovic told Bild which interviewed him during his visit to Germany on Tuesday.

The Croatian PM praised the way German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted when the migrant crisis broke out, but at the same time stressing that the flow of refugees must be reduced.

"Germany and Chacellor Merkel showed in a humane way their leadership qualities last summer in the crisis and I have a lot of respect for that.  But people in Germany and elsewhere have become sceptical because there is no end to the wave of refugees. The EU must find a solution together with Turkey and Greece," the Croatian PM said.

He underscored that owing to the coordination between Croatia and other countries on the Balkan route "less than 500" refugees were arriving in Germany on a daily basis and not 3,000 as was the case before.

"Croatia is not a target country for refugees. We support the distribution system, but firm quotas mean that you cannot keep refugees in one country if they do not wish to stay in that country," Oreskovic said, adding that when it comes to that Germany was not alone, however, there were other opinions inside the European Union.

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