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Refugees drown off Turkey coast

Over a dozen migrants have drowned off the coast of Turkey while trying to cross the Aegean Sea to get to Greece. A number of refugees have been rescued by Turkish coastguards. Local officials said at least 18 migrants drowned off the Turkish coastline on Sunday. Rescue guards, backed up by three boats and one helicopter, were searching for more survivors. Their nationalities are not known as yet. The tragedy occurred one day before EU leaders and Turkey are set to meet to discuss solutions to the refugee crisis. Turkey is a major crossing point for refugees from the Middle East wanting to come to Europe. More to come...

Over a dozen migrants have drowned off the coast of Turkey while trying to cross the Aegean Sea to get to Greece. A number of refugees have been rescued by Turkish coastguards. Local officials said at least 18 migrants drowned off the Turkish coastline on Sunday. Rescue guards, backed up by three boats and one helicopter, were searching for more ... Read More »

Greek PM Tsipras threatens to block EU refugee decisions if left alone in crisis

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has said he will block all EU migrant decisions if his country has to deal with the crisis alone. His comments come as Austria and West Balkan states decide to tighten their borders to migrants. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said he will block all decisions at an upcoming EU migration summit if his country has to deal with the refugee crisis alone. Tsipras said that from now on Greece "will not assent to agreements" unless all its EU partners are forced to participate in the relocation and resettlement of refugees. "Greece will not agree to deals [in the EU] if a mandatory allocation of burdens and responsibilities among member countries is not secured," he added. "We will not accept turning the country into a permanent warehouse of souls with Europe continuing to function as if nothing is happening," Tsipras told the Greek parliament on Wednesday. Hundreds of Afghans are currently stranded in Greece after Macedonia decided to close its borders to refugees earlier this week. Tsipras said it was unfair that EU partners had dumped the burden of the migrants on Greece, a country already reeling from an economic crisis. "We did and will continue to do everything we can to provide warmth, essential help and security to uprooted, hounded people," he said, adding that Athens would not accept a situation where EU member states could do as they pleased. 'We will not tolerate fences and walls' The Greek prime minister's comments came as Austria and nine other countries met for a West Balkan conference on Wednesday, after individually deciding to restrict the flow of refugees into their countries. Neither Greece nor Germany was invited to the summit. "We will not tolerate that a number of countries will be building fences and walls at the borders without accepting even a single refugee" Tsipras said, adding that his country would demand the mandatory participation of EU countries in the relocation of refugees. Tsipras also said he would meet leaders from Greece's political parties to discuss tackling the number of migrants stranded in the country. EU leaders are scheduled to meet next week to fix plans on resolving the crisis. Earlier Wednesday, Tsipras also spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and agreed on a stronger crackdown on human smugglers in the Aegean Sea to reduce the migrant flow.

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has said he will block all EU migrant decisions if his country has to deal with the crisis alone. His comments come as Austria and West Balkan states decide to tighten their borders to migrants. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said he will block all decisions at an upcoming EU migration summit if his country ... Read More »

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