Hardball: Greece will block EU deal with Britain unless member states pledge open borders

Hardball: Greece will block EU deal with Britain unless member states pledge open borders
Migrants throw rocks at police as a riot breaks out on the Greek island of Lesbos. (Image: EPA via Daily Mail)

[Ed. – As you would do, if you were Greece.  The Greeks don’t want to keep getting stuck with all the migrants when their inland neighbors close their borders.  The deal being negotiated as we speak to avert a “Brexit” — Brits voting to exit the EU — is Greece’s leverage.  Troubled times for the fabled Europa collective.]

Greece wants its EU peers to pledge to keep their borders open to refugees until March or it will refuse to adopt an accord keeping Britain in the bloc at marathon talks on Friday, a government source said.

“We are asking for a unanimous decision that until (an EU-Turkey summit planned for) March 6, no state will unilaterally close its borders… if not, the Greek government will not approve the conclusion text” at the so-called Brexit summit, the source told AFP. …

As the main gateway into Europe, Greece is particularly worried that scores of thousands of refugees and migrants will become trapped on its territory.

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