Greek drama - EU must address refugee issue

IN World War II terms, what is happening in Calais and along the coast of Normandy with refugees trying to enter Britain represents the Western Front.

The situation is chaotic but, at least, the governments of both France and the UK have the understanding and the capacity to at least contain the situation.

But what is happening on the Eastern Front, along the Adriatic and off the myriad Greek islands is even more worrying.

As if the Greeks did not have enough to contend with, they are battling an influx of tens of thousands of west African refugees on their doorstep.

Swarms of refugees arrived at the island of Kos early on Tuesday, causing chaos among the inhabitants.

Thousands of migrants, mostly believed to be fleeing war and conflict in Syria, are already camped in poor conditions on the island. As Greece finally agrees its third bailout programme, the rest of the EU must recognise that the country is facing an insurmountable problem with refugees.

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