Greece, let refugees drown, Brussels dictates

This video from Britain says about itself:

27 January 2016

Greece’s migration minister Yiannis Mouzalas claims Belgium told his country to “push” migrants “back in the sea“. He was speaking in an interview with BBC Newsnight‘s Evan Davis, discussing what will happen next to the Schengen Agreement.

Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.

From the BBC:

Belgium said ‘push migrants back to sea‘ – Greek minister

27 January 2016, Last updated at 15:41 GMT

Greek Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas claims Belgium told his country to “push” migrants “back in the sea”.

He was speaking in an interview with BBC Newsnight’s Evan Davis, discussing what will happen next to the Schengen Agreement – and what the European Union can do to help resolve the migrant crisis.


January 28, 2016

Asked on the issue, Mr. Mouzalas said that Belgium told Greece: “Go against the law! We are afraid! We don’t care if they are drowned” adding that “hopefully no other minister accepted it”.

Regarding the refugee camps, he said that “the only time in history where there were camps for 400,000 prisoners was the Nazi period. And refugees are not prisoners, they have rights”.

Asked on whether he was angry, he said “I am not angry, I am a minister and I must have all doors open. But we are tired. Imagine that during the summer period 10,000 per day were passing through the islands of 3,000 population. They are drowning in our seas and we are collecting bodies every day. We want to find a solution more than anyone else”.


“An unbelievable minister proposed setting up a camp for 300,000 refugees in Athens and referred to the possibility of leaving the Schengen zone and pushing back into the sea, which is illegal and constitutes a criminal act,” Mouzalas said in an interview with SKAI TV on Tuesday referring to the Belgian minister.

Meaning Theo Francken. Mr Francken, of the nationalist party N-VA, is controversial because he participated in a commemoration ceremony for a Flemish World War II nazi collaborator.

Greek military to play main role in setting up refugee concentration camps: here.

NATO warships in Aegean Sea target refugees, not smugglers: here.

33 thoughts on “Greece, let refugees drown, Brussels dictates

  1. If Brussels had stated a policy of a antagonistic position of the refugees it shows how this authority is of a criminal nature, Britain who pays 50 billion to Brussels? for the privilege of compromising to a regime of morality dysfunction, why did the powers of Britain suck up to depravity?


    • ‘Brussels’ can mean several things. It can mean the European Union, it can mean the Belgian federal government; it can mean the government of the Belgian capital territory; etc. In this case, it means Theo Francken, representative of the Belgian federal government.; speaking at a European Union meeting.

      The Greek minister says that the hopes not one of the other countries’ ministers agreed with Theo Francken. So, it looks that no one of the other ministers, including from Britain, expressed either agreement or disagreement with Theo Francken’s cruel proposals. However, considering the British Conservative government’s anti-refugee views, I would not be surprised if they agreed partly or completely with Theo Francken.


      • Thanks Kitty on your response to my comment on Brussels, my problem with your response as a sort of answer is I have no idea of the categories you list as what is Brussels? in part Australia is either uneducated in commentaries on the varied institutes you as a educated person are informed about.
        The sort of programs we have here in Australia is ABC Morning Breakfast the politics or propaganda of this official tax payer station is they say we inform you of what you need to know and we do the heavy lifting for you? we then have a series of jokes, puns, and trivia that we as viewers are regarded as sub deficient which is most likely true because we are fed such crap? furthermore the shows presenters are on about 260 thousand dollars pa, paid to give psuedo news.
        On Australian TV we had a senior financial adviser talk on why Britain should not leave the EU, such as the withdrawal of capital from Britain creating increasing costs to the British, if this is so then sovereign states or countries are controlled from and by exterior forces?
        Brussels and what ever your list may appertain to is what we distrust, such Institutes are regarded by many at least in the frame work of the questioning mind non of these institutes are trusted? the complexity of these institutes are regarded to confound the mind of not only the many but those who are attempting to know the truth.


        • The various meanings of ‘Brussels’ (EU, Belgian federal government, Belgian capital territory government) have a parallel in ‘Canberra’ in Australia; which may mean both the Australian Commonwealth government; and the Australian Capital Territory.


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  8. Friday 4th March 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    by Our Foreign Desk

    EUROPEAN Council President Donald Tusk warned “economic migrants” from the war-torn Middle East and Africa not to come to Europe yesterday.

    Speaking in Athens after talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the former Polish president insisted that neither Greece nor any other European nation would remain a “transit” country.

    “I want to appeal to all potential illegal economic migrants, wherever you are from — do not come to Europe,” he said.

    “Do not believe the smugglers. Do not risk your lives and your money. It is all for nothing.”

    Mr Tusk’s visit to Athens followed a whirlwind tour of Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Macedonia, all of which are taking an increasingly intolerant line towards refugees.

    The governments of Poland, the Baltic states, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania have rejected an EU plan to settle refugees across the bloc on a quota basis.

    Austria, Denmark, Sweden and even Belgium — site of the EU headquarters — have suspended the Schengen agreement on passport-free travel in order to halt the free flow of refugees.

    Meanwhile, refugees at Greece’s northern border protested against Macedonia’s refusal to allow them free entry by blocking a railway line with their bodies yesterday.

    The number of people waiting to cross the Idomeni border point has swelled to around 10,000 due to Macedonia’s policy of only allowing as many refugees in as leave for Serbia on a given day.

    Greek police said that only 500 had been allowed to cross in the 24-hour period up to 6am yesterday.


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