The Immigration Crisis Could Reignite the Balkan Powder Keg

MIN READNov 11, 2015 | 23:47 GMT


Two notable developments occurred Nov. 11 related to Europe's migrant crisis, notable not so much for what they directly achieved but more for their potential effects. Both concerned the migration route that passes across the eastern Mediterranean and up through the Balkans, which has been largely responsible for the massive uptick in immigrant numbers in 2015. The first was a statement from the Czech Republic's deputy prime minister, Andrej Babis, who said that since Greece had not been controlling its borders to a sufficient extent it should be ejected from the Schengen zone, which allows free movement of people in Europe. The second was the news that Slovenia has begun erecting a fence on its border with Croatia. It is the second development that actually has the potential to change the situation on the ground more dramatically....

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