This video says about itself:
10 March 2016
At the Greek-Macedonian border, refugees are pleading with world leaders to let them continue their journey to northern Europe.
The conditions are dire with thousands of people stuck at Balkans borders and living in unsanitary conditions.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Refugee talks are shameful
Saturday 19th March 2016
First, it threatens to contravene the 1951 UN Convention on the Status of Refugees and its 1967 protocol and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). As UN High Commission for Refugees European director Vincent Cochetel has pointed out, the ECHR prohibits the mass expulsion of foreign nationals.
Deporting refugees in Greece back to Turkey without processing their individual claims for asylum would violate the UN convention and cannot be escaped by importing an equal number of refugees from Turkey for resettlement in the EU. A last-minute commitment to process claims before deportation rings hollow in the face of abject EU failure to do so before now.
Classifying Turkey as a “safe country” in order to justify the violation is to compound the cynicism and facilitate further breaches of international law. There is nothing “safe” about Turkey today.
Having allowed thousands of volunteers to cross Turkish borders and join Isis, while enraging the Kurds of his own country and across the Middle East, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sowed the seeds and now his citizens reap the terrorist whirlwind.
The Ankara regime’s authoritarian response to democratic internal dissent is exacerbating that country’s crisis, instead of resolving it through renewed peace talks with the Kurdish Workers’ Party and its jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan.
While Turkey has provided a haven for three million refugees, it cannot meet the social and humanitarian standards demanded of a “safe country,” as UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi recently told the EU Parliament. In particular, it has deported refugees back to danger in their countries of origin without due process.
Worst of all, an EU-Turkey deal will not resolve the refugee crisis itself. People fleeing war, famine and destitution will continue to arrive in Europe, but more of them by unsafer routes than across the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey.
Many will contine to languish in unsafe, unhealthy camps, waiting for months to see whether they will be processed or deported.
Rather than allow Turkey to expand the EU “free market” in cheap migrant labour, or talk to Erdogan about EU membership while his military forces still illegally occupy northern Cyprus, the EU should work with the UNHCR to settle all refugee women and children in genuinely safe countries — including Britain — without delay.
THE refugee crisis has become one of the key political issues facing Europe, including the rise of a racist backlash in most countries of the EU. The spectre of tens of thousands of refugees criss-crossing borders from Turkey to Germany via Balkan countries has been effectively used for justifying unprecedented policy changes including draconian security and immigration measures across Europe and further afield. The most bizarre aspect of this crisis is that it springs from the conflict in the Middle East — but is then used to justify further military intervention to reshape the map of the Middle East. Conflict in Syria is at the centre of policy-making with respect to the refugees’ crisis and has spread into rivalry between the West and Russia: here.
Claudia Wrobel of Junge Welt exposes failings in how refugee rights are being handled in Berlin. Germany is the richest country in the European Union. Since last summer, however, the German capital has a problem in registering refugees. For days, sometimes weeks, whole families must wait outdoors, people are languishing in anticipation of the financial support they’ve been promised. Medical care for refugees, which is already limited to a minimum by law, is not guaranteed. The Berlin State Office of Health and Welfare (Berliner Landesamt fur Gesundheit und Soziales — LaGeSo) is completely overstrained. The shortcomings of this institution are not causing total chaos only because hundreds of volunteers are doing the work in their leisure time — work the state is supposed to be responsible for: here.
IS THE EU collapsing? This question has probably never been so widely and seriously debated as has been the case during the current controversy around refugee policy. Members of state parliaments are openly struggling with each other, putting up border fortifications, and even demanding sanctions: here.