Governor asks Greece to declare state of emergency

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Mr Tsipras also criticised “unfriendly” Balkan countries that have shut their borders, causing a bottleneck of around 12,000 migrants at Greece’s border with non-EU Macedonia. Tusk spoke from Greece, after visiting a number of Balkan countries, including Macedonia.

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday that he is witnessing the emergence of a “European consensus” for the first time since a wave of migration to the EU prompted a political crisis across the bloc.
The European Union and Turkey will hold a summit on Monday to discuss the refugee crisis which has severely strained relations among EU countries.
The EU would also allocate a further 95 million euros in aid for refugees in Turkey, he said, the first part of three billion euros in assistance that Brussels has promised under the deal.
“These countries are ruining Europe!”.
She says border slowdowns and closures have just meant that migrants are now piling up in Greece, overwhelming the country’s resources.
The 26-country Schengen area – allowing passport-free travel from Iceland to Greece – is under threat as eight countries have reintroduced border controls to stem the flow of migrants through the bloc.
Under the deal, Brussels will provide some 3 billion euros to Ankara in exchange for Turkey stemming a flow of migration to Greece across the Aegean Sea.
The sheer scale of the crisis that is dividing European Union nations and fostering nationalist sentiment was underscored by Eurostat figures showing the number of asylum applications in 2015 doubled that of 2014.
Most were Syrian, followed by Iraqi and Afghan nationals, with more than a third applying for asylum in Germany. In per-capita terms, the most people applied in Hungary, Sweden, Austria and Finland.
On Wednesday, 300 migrants from North Africa were sent back from Greece to Turkey, the first time that a 2002 agreement between Ankara and Athens had been used, a Greek official told AFP.
Apostolos Tzitzikostas, governor of the Greek region of Central Macedonia, said 13,000-14,000 people are trapped in Idomeni and described the situation as a “huge humanitarian crisis”. “Do not come to Europe”.
Turkey has sheltered more than 2.7 million Syrian refugees since the Syrian war started in 2011.
According to the International Organization for Migration, 120,369 migrants arrived in Greece from Turkey so far this year.
Smaller numbers of Kosovans, Albanians, Pakistanis, Eritreans and Nigerians also sought asylum in Europe. He could not immediately give their citizenships. The events are not believed to be related.
Greece is struggling with the amount of migrants arriving on its shores, with thousands of people now stranded in temporary camps and unable to travel onwards (and northwards) as neighboring countries in the Balkans have closed their borders.
Greek police say Macedonian authorities let in 320 people in the 24 hours to 6 a.m. Friday. A few dozen were being admitted later in the day.
He said “last night was cold and it rained a lot”, adding that “there’s not enough food”.
On Thursday, European leader tried a different tack, warning economic migrants not to even attempt to come to Europe. Thousands of migrants and refugees arriving on the continent, most of whom coming from the Middle East and Syria. He said nearly half were Syrians. “We have a duty to shelter them and stop them from being on the streets”, he said.