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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | 10/03/2015

Greece exploiting refugees' plight

Greece's defence minister Panos Kammenos of the national-conservative Anel party threatened on Sunday to send refugees on to Germany if the virtually bankrupt country doesn't receive adequate financial support. The left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau voices its disgust at such blackmail attempts from Athens: "Those who dismiss this as the fantasies of a right-wing populist are wrong. ... The deputy interior minister of left-wing Syriza said pretty much the same thing last week: if you don't give us money we'll send you those who are in need. ... Perhaps a few of them are even dangerous - terrorists, Islamists, murderers. ... What is this? Blackmail? For sure. But that's nothing unusual in Europe when states are negotiating over money. However this goes further. It is, to put it elegantly, the instrumentalisation of the refugees' plight in Europe. A calculation using people. Or in clearer terms: the threat to resort to human trafficking. And you don't really want to negotiate at all with people who act like that."

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