Germany and France propose plans for EU over border control

Europe plans for tough border controls as EU leaders expected to gather at summit on Dec. 17

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

A Macedonian riot policeman stands guard as a Syrian refugee woman sits behind barbed-wire at the Greek-Macedonian border.

Germany and France have suggested plans for EU border surveillance to boost patrol in Greece’s frontiers amid the latest attempt to solve Europe’s refugee crisis.   
The latest proposal aimed to patrol Greece’s frontier uninvited by Athens and also apply to all EU member states due to frustrations that Greece failed to control large number of refugees arriving by sea which is putting the EU’s open-border Schengen bloc at risk.
EU leaders are expected to meet at a summit on Dec. 17 to call for more pressure on both governments and refugees to stick with policy proposed in Brussels.  
The French and German interior ministers, Bernard Cazeneuve and Thomas de Maiziere, wrote to the European Commission that, "In exceptional circumstances, Frontex should be able to deploy rapid reaction teams to the frontiers on its own initiative and under its own responsibility."  
Athens finally agreed to accept EU assistance on the eve of a meeting among the EU ministers on Friday. However, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, a leftist leader, insists that the national law prevents Frontex from patrolling Greek Frontiers.
Greece has also been skeptical to collaborate with Turkey after an EU deal to help keep Syrian refugees in Turkey. The EU concern now is to patrol sea between Greece and Turkey where naval securities might operate without the level of Greek cooperation that is needed for Frontex to operate on land. 
Last week, President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, urged EU governments to be ready to detain all refugees for “as long as needed” to check their identities and claims. He said the process could be for up to 18 months.  

TRTWorld and agencies