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2013: EU Commission warns Greece refugees push-backs illegal – 2016: Belgium begs Greece to push back refugees & let them drown

It was back in November 2013 when the European Commission warned Greece and Bulgaria to stop turning down Syrian refugees at their land/river borders with Turkey, after the UN issued a similar call just a few days before. Two and a half years later, in January 2016, it is Belgium, the country that totally failed in terms of terror surveillance and prevention (Molenbeek, Paris), that asks Greece to push-back refugees and thus in the sea.

“The Belgian interior minister told us to push refugees back to the sea,” Greek Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas told Newsnight program on BBC on Wednesday. Speaking about the EU interior ministers meeting beginning of the week, Mouzalas revealed further that Belgian Jan Jambon urged Greece to get rid of refugees and migrants in any way saying: “Be illegal! We are scared! We don’t care if they’re drowned!”

video: Mouzalas on BBC Newsnight (EN)

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“Fortunately, none of the other interior ministers adopted the Belgian proposal,” Mouzalas added.

Germany, Belgium, Austria and some other arch-conservative EU countries have been putting extreme pressure on Greece to ‘control its sea borders to Turkey’ and even threaten to expel Greece from the Schengen area, even thought this is legally and politically extreme controversial.

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Is this the EU’s vision of how Greece should protect the union’s external borders?

However, none of these countries has a specific plan or proposal on how to control the sea borders that extend to several hundreds of kilometers. Oh, the EU Commission and Germany do indeed have this weird idea of “Greek – Turkish joint patrols” but as Ankara has not given up its claims on Greek islands and Greece’s territorial waters, this EU plan is never going to happen.

Of course, making Greece into the EU’s scapegoat is the easy blame game for EU and EU-member states politicians hiding behind their desks, scared to lose political power and obliged to fulfill their voters demands, voters who the politicians have seduced with their populist rhetoric. Among them are also some politicians, like the Austrian interior minister who has never managed to go off shore maximum 10 meters, maybe during a summer swim & fun holiday in Greece .

Euractive.com: EU Commission warning in 2013  – Thanks to @ByzantineJustice to reminding.

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8 comments

  1. Giaourti Giaourtaki

    Austria is doing joint patrols together with Switzerland and Germoney in Lake Constance since decades, it’s also very difficult there because all their windmills around the lake first make clear weather and then it’s getting stormy and crazy as when the wind gets reflected from the Alps it’s also getting hotter and all their brains start to melt until they find a beer.
    Their marines also train there for the day they get a port in the Mediterranean, sure they want a Greek island

  2. Our old friend NATO needs to take over the Aegean a while for its own reasons…..don’t be too confident about “legalities” since such niceties barely exist anymore…remember how “irresponsible” Greece is, ahem, KTG!

  3. Giaourti Giaourtaki

    EU-Threats result: 8 refugee children died because the volunteers were arrested, in the 6 weeks before no one died in this part of the coast-line the volunteers take care of.

  4. Giaourti Giaourtaki

    Salam Aldeen, one of the arrested – who had to pay 10.000 Euros bounty and as condition for no pre-trial detention isn’t allowed to visit his family and homeland Denmark until the trial for “trafficking” starts, was held hostage by Greek police for three days – a member of “Team Humanity”, was telling this: “Eight children were dying in our coastline while we were in prison. Not any died the one and a half months before when we were staying there. Why? Tell me why! Why did they have to die? Normally they should have let us rescue them…”
    Greenpeace also stays there, they are watching “illegally” the sea in areas with no Frontex or coastguards.

    • keeptalkinggreece

      still not true nobody died in 1.5 month. and furthermore, there are more than 1-2 ngos

      • Giaourti Giaourtaki

        May be the internet destroys all (my) language knowledge but I understand it that way that they have their own separate part of the coastline watching out for boats and sure there are more NGOs but in this area and on this hill not. He was not about the whole island… But in a few days the state gets rid of them all and the victims can die alone and feed fish and so they get rid also of them. But I guess Turkey will take this opportunity and will invite NGOs for humanitarian Baywatch at their coast.

  5. BELGIUM BEGS GREECE TO DO THEIR DIRTY WORK
    YET THEY DO NOT HAVE THE COURAGE TO TELL ANGELA MERKEL & HER GHOULS THE CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY & THE BANKERS THAT WILL PROFIT FROM THE STOLEN LANDS OF THE EXPELLED PEOPLE OF THE MIDDLE EAST TO FUCK OFF.