18:25 GMT +317 February 2019
Listen Live
    A migrant stands on a border gate as he and other migrants and refugees try to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, on December 3, 2015.

    EU Refugee Rules Must Be Consistent for All EU Countries – Tsipras

    © AFP 2018 /
    Get short URL
    0 76

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that Europe would not settle the refugee crisis by building up fences and encouraging racism.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Measures taken by the European Union to resolve a massive refugee crisis cannot be mandatory for some and voluntary for other EU member states, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Thursday.

    "We must remain united … but united and with solidarity everywhere, not only in the northwestern side of Europe, but also in the southeastern, also in the Mediterranean. In Europe [there] cannot be rules for some and ‘a la carte’ [voluntary] for others," Tsipras said, arriving at the European Council summit in Brussels.

    The Greek prime minister added that Europe would not settle the refugee crisis by building up fences and encouraging racism.

    The European Union is currently struggling to manage a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The EU border agency Frontex recorded more than 1.8 million illegal border crossings into the European Union in 2015.


    European Council President Against Exclusion of Greece From Schengen Area
    Violence and Protests Amid Rising Anger in Greece Over Refugees & Austerity
    Netherlands Suggests Sending Refugees Arriving in Greece Back to Turkey
    Number of Refugees Coming to Greece, Italy Increases Fivefold in 2015
    migrant crisis, refugees, European Union, Alexis Tsipras, Greece