Greek relief at EU-Turkey refugee deal but heavy lifting lies ahead

PoliticsForeign Policy Tags: Refugees, Turkey
Photo via @NatashaBertaud
Photo via @NatashaBertaud

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared himself satisfied with the outcome of Friday’s EU-Turkey summit on refugees and said its content, particularly the references to the accession chapters that will open for Ankara, represented a diplomatic victory for Athens.

Undoubtedly, a failure to reach an agreement would have left Greece completely exposed, with no hope of the flow of refugees across the Aegean being reduced and its borders to the north remaining mostly closed. In this respect, Friday’s pact gives Athen...

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