Having exhausted long ago its ability to receive and host ever more irregular entrants (a very large proportion of which are not bona fide refugees from the Syrian crisis, but economic migrants from countries as far away as Pakistan, Afghanistan or Somalia), Greece faces both a dramatic pressure on its infrastructures, which are rapidly reaching breaking point, and a simmering popular backlash, that may lead to an explosion of populism and radicalization.
Over the past few days, however, the problem has taken an altogether different quality. Greece is now faced with a massive organized attempt to violate its borders.
An attempt which bears all the marks of an informal invasion, and is almost openly encouraged, if not choreographed, by a supposed allied country, which in the past has extorted vast amounts of money as its price for cooperation.
This is no longer a question of managing the flows or sharing more equally the burden of hosting the new arrivals. What is at issue is the protection of the external borders of the Union and the restoration of the most elemental aspects of national and European sovereignty.
The present crisis has nothing to do with the escalation of hostilities in Idlib, which is used by Turkey as a poor excuse for what is in reality a deliberate policy of incitement, destabilization and almost open extortion.
At this point, Greece has no other option than to stand firm, mobilize all its capabilities in order to stem the implicit aggression and push back the increasingly violent and aggressive violators of its borders.
In this effort, it needs and expects the active solidarity of its European partners in handling the present challenge. It requires concrete acts and material support, not yet another pious declaration of moral support.
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