Greece calls for help, the Commission does too

The "humanitarian crisis within a crisis" for migrants and refugees in Greece has led Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to call for more help from the EU institutions and EU Member States: "These dimensions exceed our country’s capabilities, they are European dimensions.”

The European Commission has said "more planes and 'technical assistance' including personnel and patrol cars are needed for Greece and Hungary," and has called for "a new, more European approach. The European Agenda on Migration we presented in May sets out this European response."


Tsipras demands EU help on migrants (Politico, link)

EU Appeals for Assets for Greece, Hungary Migrant Operations (Associated Press, link)

European Commission: A European Agenda on Migration (May 2014, pdf)

EU statement "on the recent incident in the Mediterranean" (6 August, pdf) Background: hundreds of deaths after boat sinks:

Other news and reporting

EU: Record Migrant Influx Slams Frontex (Voice of America, link)

Migrants Stranded on Kos: Europe or Die (Vice, link)

Germany Has a Refugee Problem, and the Problem Is the Germans (Foreign Policy, link): "Anti-immigrant sentiment is fueling violence and arson. What's the matter with Deutschland?"

Time running out for Syrian refugees on the Serbia-Hungary border (Middle East Eye, link)

UK-EU: 'Marauding' migrants threaten our standard of living, says Philip Hammond (The Guardian, link) and Hammond - African migrant surge imperils EU social infrastructure (Reuters, link)

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