Financial Times insist on the “plan for Greece’s isolation” that European partners are thinking of putting into effect, which will mean that Europe will expulse Greece from Schengen area.
According to FT, this plan contains drastic measures at Greece-FYROM borders and is supported by both the European Commission and Germany, since there is high concern that Turkey has not put into effect the agreement it made with Europe and has been proved ineffective in stopping the refugee flows towards Europe.
As the article mentions, “the plan seeks to shift the frontline of Europe’s refugee control efforts to the northern part of Greece, where the government is already straining to manage the influx with limited resources”.
The first discussion was made last Wednesday, when the Slovenian government sent a letter asking to provide direct help to FYROM so as to put an end to illegal migrant flow at Greece-FYROM borders.
Despite the fact European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud denied it, Peter Spiegel of Financial Times writes that his colleague, Duncan Robinson, “saw” a letter written by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressing the support of Brussels at the request of the Slovenian government.
“I welcome your suggestion that all EU member states should provide assistance to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia authorities to support controls on the border with Greece through the secondment of police/law enforcement officers, and the provision of equipment,” the commission president wrote.
This means in practice that the President of the European Commission not only supports the Slovenian request but he also gives instructions on the ‘de facto’ expulsion of Greece from Schengen area.
If this plan is approved, then thousands of immigrants who arrive daily in the Greek islands will be trapped in Greece.