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BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the migrant crisis in Europe (all times local):
Greece is maintaining its threat to take unilateral action if other EU nations take actions that would force Athens to shelter ever more migrants and refugees.
Deputy Interior Minister Ioannis Mouzalas criticized a meeting in Vienna where Austria and many of its southern neighbors along the Balkan route agreed to tighter border controls and warned that sooner or later they will have to shut their doors entirely.
The border closures would squeeze Greece in between the Balkan nations to the north and Turkey, from where most of the refugees come. With a full closure, Greece reception capacity could become overwhelmed in days.
Speaking before a meeting of EU interior ministers in Brussels, Mouzalas said: “Greece will not accept unilateral actions. Greece, too, can take unilateral action.”
Germany’s Parliament is debating new measures meant to speed up the handling of migrants and cut their numbers, as well as legislation making it easier to deport foreigners who commit crimes.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet has already approved the package of measures and they aren’t expected to meet wide
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