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Future of Greek Migrant Crisis May Be Riding on Outcome of Upcoming Two-Day EU Summit

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will be in Brussels tomorrow to attend the two-day EU-Turkey, one of the most critical EU summits in recent years as Europe is sharply divided over the refugee crisis and the Schengen Agreement has...

German Chancellor Merkel Indirectly Calls Out Greece on Border Protection

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that better protection at the European Union's external borders in order to maintain the passport-free Schengen zone. Her comments indirectly slammed Greece for not establishing sufficient border controls. "We need to protect our external borders...

EU Commissioner Avramopoulos: 'No Country Is Threatened with Schengen Suspension'

"We should be clear that no country is being threatened with suspension from Schengen," European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Friday in an interview with EurActiv. In any case, Schengen rules do not foresee...

Hotspots in Greece and Italy Critical in EU’s Effort to Avert Suspension of the Schengen Agreement

As the refugee crisis threatens to unravel the European integration project, senior level EU officials are pulling out all stops to ensure that the situation doesn’t get out of hand to the point of forcing the cancellation of the...

German Politicians Want Greece Out of Eurozone and Schengen

Two high-ranking German politicians expressed the opinion that Greece should be out of the Schengen zone and the Eurozone for a period of time. Wolfgang Steiger, general secretary of the Economic Council of Germany's conservative CDU party, stated that Greece...

German Officials Slam Greece Over Refugee Crisis

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann accused Greece of failing to handle the continuous refugee inflow. Schaeuble talked to Bild am Sonntag newspaper saying that Athens has repeatedly ignored the Dublin agreement that oblige migrants to...

Greek PM Sees Positive Outcome of European Union Summit for Greece

The two-day European Union leader's summit concluded on Friday evening with the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expressing his satisfaction with the summit's events. “These were two days with positive decisions for our country. Within a difficult field and I would say within negative European...

European Commission Proposes Scrapping Frontex for a More Active Border Force

The European Union is looking to take a decisive step in establishing a more proactive border control in light of rising concern's over the union's security. Frontex, the EU's current border authority, could soon be in the past. The body largely has...

European Union to Reportedly Enforce Series of Measures for Refugee Crisis

  The leaders of the European Union are set to unveil a number of measures its members states will have to enforce by February, in response to the refugee crisis and growing security concerns. Amid the continuous influx of migrants and refugees,...

EU Migration Commissioner: No Country Can be Suspended from Schengen

No country can be suspended from the Schengen zone, said European Commissioner on Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, dismissing scenarios of Greece being at risk. However, the Schengen Agreement is under constant evaluation regarding Europe's ability to protect its borders. During two meetings...