Greek PM firm on migration, upbeat on economy in interview with German paper
Turkey is using the migration crisis as a lever to pressure the European Union, but the EU is also failing to do its part in supporting frontline countries like Greece, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper in a wide-ranging interview published on Tuesday.
"It cannot go on like this," Mitsotakis said when asked about Athens' response to the sharp increase in migrant and refugee arrivals on the Aegean islands and through Greece's northeastern land border with Turkey in recent months.
"It is obvious what is happening here: Turkey is trying to use migration as a lever to pressure Europe and achieve concessions," Mitsotakis said in translated comments. "I frankly told [Turkish] President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan that he cannot abuse migrants and refugees as instruments if he wants to have good neighborly relations with Greece."