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Loss of solidarity may bring 'end of' EU, Asselborn says

Loss of solidarity may bring 'end of' EU, Asselborn says

by AH 28.12.2017 From our online archive
Foreign Minister speaks with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos about migration.
Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg foreign minister. (Anouk Antony)

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn emphasised the need for Euopean Union solidarity on a visit to Greece.

"The erosion of solidarity could mean the end of the European Union," Asselborn said on his trip to Athens on Wednesday, according to a government statement.

Asselborn spoke with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos about migration.

"No country could carry this burden alone," Asselborn said. "Migration is not a Greek, Italian or Luxembourg problem, but a European problem. We must find common European solutions and show that Greece is not abandoned to its fate."

In 2011 the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice found that 90% of all irregular entry into Europe was through Greek borders, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The IOM is an inter-governmental organization that works with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners, according to its website.

Asselborn also met with the Minister Delegate for Migration, Yannis Mouzalas. They discused migration routes via the Mediterranean.

"Only respect for solidarity can find a solution to the migration crisis," the government said.