Germany calls on Greece to tighten border controls

Germany and Austria called on Greece on Thursday to tighten immigration controls, saying that other countries in the European Union may be forced to reinstate border checks if Athens did not act.

A group of seven EU ministers of justice and home affairs urged Greece to improve border controls using available EU funds.

“The question still remains what happens when a country is not capable of securing its borders, as we see in Greece,» Germany’s Minister for Justice, Hans-Peter Friedrich, told journalists after a gathering of EU ministers.

“Is it possible to reinstate border controls?» he said. «I want to clarify that this is still part of our discussion.”

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