The Closed Gates of Europe Refugees Caught in the Middle of Turkey-EU Standoff

When the refugee crisis ebbed in 2016, the EU could have used the time to fix its asylum system. But it didn't. Now, Turkey is sending refugees north again as more Syrians seek to escape the violence in Idlib. The ensuing chaos has come as a surprise to nobody.
Greek police confronting migrants on the island of Lesbos: Yet another low in a political and human drama of which the Europeans have lost all control.

Greek police confronting migrants on the island of Lesbos: Yet another low in a political and human drama of which the Europeans have lost all control.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Some 13,000 people are currently trapped between Turkey and Greece.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Some 13,000 people are currently trapped between Turkey and Greece.

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: Europe has no plan.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: Europe has no plan.

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Migrants walking along the Evros River on their way into Greece from Turkey.

Migrants walking along the Evros River on their way into Greece from Turkey.

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