Originally appeared at Politika, translated by A. Đurić exclusively for SouthFront
Berlin has given Ankara a deadline of ten days to show good will by “significantly” reducing the influx of refugees and migrants across the Aegean Sea, otherwise Europe will no longer be able to avoid the closure of national borders in a row, that was said today in an analysis of the Paris newspaper “Le Figaro”.
Ultimatum, which was set by the German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, refers to both Ankara and Athens and the other capital cities which have not restrained wave of newcomers, and the time limit is not accidental, because it will be in exactly 10 days, at a summit of EU and Turkey, time to draw a balance of “pact” which has so far caused only disappointment on both sides, writes the French daily.
German Chancellor’s is, as noted by French daily, under the pressure of the internal deadline, since in less than a week, on March 13, her Christian Democratic Union is threaten by loss, to the benefit of the extreme right-wing, in the three key regional elections, the first ballot since the beginning of the 10-month crisis in which Berlin found itself, and that for the ruling party could be an ” punishment “.
“Until March 7th we want to note a significant decline in the number of refugees at the Turkish-Greek border,” Thomas de Maiziere said, adding that if this does not happen, Europe needs to take additional measures.
German minister did not specify exactly what measures he has in mind, but he said that “we’ll see when the time comes.”
This message, however, several diplomats interpreted as a “catastrophic scenario”, in which Berlin drastically reduces the number of refugees that will be received, after he strongly urged them to come last year.
In that case, the border across Europe would be closed, in a chain reaction, which for Schengen, could be a sign that this zone came to an end, as it was said by the unnamed ambassador.
Austria, with its precautionary measures, showed how this might look, while Greece, where disembark almost a million newcomers for a past year, could soon become their final destination, concludes “Le Figaro” as quoted by Tanjug.