The European Union allegedly prepares a Plan B to stem refugees and migrants flow in case that Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan steps back for the EU Turkey deal and starts sending boats to Europe again. What is this Plan B? To isolate the Greek islands from the mainland and turn them into Hot Spots for refugees and migrants.
Citing an unnamed “Minister from an EU country”, German populist Bild newspaper claims that some EU member-states governments have already discussed alternative for the case the EU Turkey deal fails and here is the groundbreaking alternative:
Turn the Greek islands into central reception centers for refugees, where the refugees will be registered and stay.
Suspend ferry traffic to the mainland.
Deport failed asylum-seekers to their countries directly from the Greek islands.
The aid payments to Turkey (€6bn deal, €100million paid) should be suspended and go to Greece instead.
Just when I was thinking that this “Alternative solution” comes for sure from the German conservatives from Merkel’s party CDU or coalition partner & sister party CSU, because they love to use populist Bild to expose their bubble ideas the moment they burp after breakfast, I saw that the German daily quotes also a CDU Minister with name.
“Even Karl-Georg Wellmann (63) in charge of CDU Foreign Policy warns: “We have to take preventive measures in any case: protect EU’s external borders, handling of asylum submission locally on the islands – not on the mainland – deportation of illegal , rejection of illegal refugees.”
I wouldn’t know there were “legal and illegal refugees” but a Foreign Policy expert apparently knows better. He could also know that under the EU Turkey Deal, asylum requests are been handled in the hot spots of the Greek islands, but Berlin is far away from Lesvos, Chios and the other islands of the Eastern Aegean Sea.
Apparently Wellman and the Bild agree that “the Greeks” are late in handling registration procedures and asylum requests, and the daily notes:
“Currently, it is very quiet there [Greek islands]: Within 24 hours Greek authorities register only 15 new refugees.”
No word about the reluctance of EU member-states to send asylum staff – as foreseen in the EU Turkey Deal – no reference to the dramatic decrease of the new arrivals. Just 75 people on Monday, on some days <none>.
But that’s populism and the usual German conservative crap. – excuse my language.
BTW: I wouldn’t be surprise to see some ex communist countries – now EU members – support this idiocy…
PS I suppose, if ferry traffic is suspended, Greeks and tourists wanting to go to or leave the islands should have to use an airplane and a passport with visa. :p