Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras travels today to Brussels to meet with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and see what are the intentions of EU states on the two major issues: the refugee issue and the completion of the Greek program review.
Athens considers that Turkey’s participation is essential in addressing the refugee crisis and will ask Brussels to urge Ankara to stem the refugee flow and honor its commitments included in the agreement signed with the EU. At the same time, the Greek government will seek to put an end to any discussions on borders closing and Greece’s expulsion from Schengen area arguing that Greece has met the latest requirements set by Europeans for the construction of the hotspots.
Moreover, Mr. Tsipras will meet with his Czech counterpart Bohuslav Sobotka on Thursday noon, since Czech Republic is included in the countries which seek borders closing.
To support its arguments, Greek government can point out the supportive statements made by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, after a meeting held between Mr. Tusk and Mr. Tsipras on Tuesday in Athens. Mr. Tusk said that the alleged exclusion of Greece from Schengen area is not a solution and referred to mass deportations of migrants from Greece to Turkey.