Merkel against closure of Balkan route for migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday criticised the closing of the Balkan route for migrants, saying the problem must be solved in agreement with every European Union member state.

"A problem isn't solved when one decision is made," Merkel told MDR radio, criticising a decision by the countries on the Balkan migration route to close their borders to refugees. "The situation must be solved permanently and sustainably," she said, pointing to an agreement with Turkey.

Merkel criticised the fact that the decision to close the Balkan route was adopted without Greece, saying a solution must be found that would help all 28 EU states. "If we fail to find a lasting and sustainable solution with Turkey, Greece won't be able to deal with the refugee burden in a longer term."

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras also strongly criticised the decision to close the Balkan route.

Last update: Sat, 09/07/2016 - 16:09
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