Greek minister likens Idomeni refugee camp to Dachau


ATHENS: Greece’s interior minister on Friday likened the grim camp holding thousands of refugees on the border with Macedonia to the Nazi concentration camp Dachau.

His comments came as EU leaders were meeting in Brussels to try to reach a deal with Turkey on the migration crisis.

“I do not hesitate to say that this is a modern-day Dachau, a result of the logic of closed borders,” Panagiotis Kouroublis said in televised remarks from the squalid Idomeni camp.

“Whoever comes here takes several blows to the stomach,” he told reporters, pledging to boost policing and medical supervision in the area.

The Greek government said more than 46,000 refugees and migrants were blocked in the country because of a border shutdown by Macedonia and other Balkan states last week.