With 30,000 Migrants Stranded, Greece Pleas for a European Solution

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A photo taken from the Macedonian side of the border shows an Afghan man sitting with a young boy behind a fence at the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija. Feb. 22, 2016
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Europeans have yet to devise an orderly policy for dealing with the outflow of migrants from the Middle East. People have been flowing into Greece in historic numbers throughout the winter, and Balkan countries have responded by closing their southern borders, a move that's trapped about 30,000 migrants at the Greek border.

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, offered this carefully worded appeal today:

“I want to appeal to all potential illegal economic migrants, wherever you are from: Do not come to Europe. Do not believe the smugglers. Do not risk your lives and your money. It is all for nothing. Greece or any other European country will no longer be a transit country."

Talks are underway between Greece, Germany, and Turkey to relocate the "illegal economic migrants," as Tusk calls them, who are trapped behind Greek borders.

Gerald Knaus, chairman of the European Stability Initiative, says a human made humanitarian catastrophe has arrived and is getting worse.