A "Furious" Greece Recalls Austrian Ambassador: "We Will Not Be A Warehouse Of Souls"

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For Greece, Europe's worsening refugee crisis amounts to an "insult to injury" scenario.

Just six months after Angela Merkel and the Brussels cabal put Athens through round after round of "mental waterboarding" on the way to granting the country a third bailout and preventing Greece from marking a messy exit from the common currency, Alexis Tsipras now finds himself on the front lines of a mass Mid-East migration to Western Europe.

To be sure, it's not as though those who are (figuratively and literally) washing up on Greece's shores are keen on settling in the socialist paradise that at times last summer took on the trappings of a Third World country. Rather, Greece is a transit point for those fleeing war to Europe and Athens obviously has limited resources with which to work when it comes to controlling the situation. Greece has been 

Now, a day after Austria held a meeting with Balkan nations on how to control the migrant flow without inviting Greece, Athens is recalling its minister. "The numerous splits in Europe over immigration policy were evident on Wednesday when Austria organised a meeting of interior and foreign ministers of several Balkan states in Vienna," The Guardian writes. "The Austrians snubbed the Germans and did not invite the Greeks, provoking a furious reaction from Athens."

“A very large number here will attempt to discuss how to address a humanitarian crisis in Greece that they themselves intend to create,” the Greek migration minister, Yannis Mouzalas told reporters on Thursday. “Greece will not accept unilateral actions. Greece can also carry out unilateral actions. Greece will not accept becoming Europe’s Lebanon, a warehouse of souls, even if this were to be done with major [EU] funding.” 

First came the suspension of Schengen, next came referendums on migrant quotas, and now we have the chilling of diplomatic ties. This is a slippery slope to open hostilities and make no mistake, Greece is in no mood to give anyone Brussels the benefit of the doubt.

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Full statement from Greek Foreign Ministry

By decision of Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, Greece’s Ambassador to Vienna, Ms. Aliferi, is being called to Athens for consultations aimed at safeguarding the friendly relations between the states and peoples of Greece and Austria.

It is clear that the major problems of the European Union cannot be confronted via thoughts, attitudes and extra-institutional initiatives that have their roots in the 19th century, and nor can the decisions of the heads of state be supplanted by directives from police directors. The latter is a major problem for democracy. It points to the need for the European Union to be protected from various parties who are ignorant of history.

Unilateral initiatives for resolving the refugee crisis, along with violations of international law and the European acquis by member states of the EU, are practices that can undermine the foundations and process of European integration.

Responsibility for dealing with the migration and refugee crisis cannot weigh on one country alone. Common sense dictates that effective handling of this complex problem should be governed by the principles of solidarity and fair burden sharing. Greece is working in such a direction.

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More from KeepTalkingGreece

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threatens to block all EU refugee decisions if Greece will be left to deal with the crisis alone. Commenting on Austria’s initiative to hold a West Balkan Conference on Migration, Tsipras described it as “unacceptable”.

PM Tsipras said he will block all decisions at an upcoming EU migration summit with Turkey on March 7th 2016, if his country has to deal with the refugee crisis alone.

Tsipras said that from now on Greece “will not assent to agreements” unless all its EU partners are forced to participate in the relocation and resettlement of refugees.

“Greece will not agree to deals if a mandatory allocation of burdens and responsibilities among member countries is not secured,” he added.

“We will not accept turning the country into a permanent warehouse of souls with Europe continuing to function as if nothing is happening,” Tsipras told the Greek parliament on Wednesday.

Tsipras said it was unfair that EU partners had dumped the burden of the migrants on Greece, a country already reeling from an economic crisis.

“We did and will continue to do everything we can to provide warmth, essential help and security to uprooted, hounded people,” he said, adding that Greece would not accept a situation where other EU member states could do as they pleased.

“We will not tolerate that a number of countries will be building fences and walls at the borders without accepting even a single refugee” Alexis Tsipras said, adding that Greece would demand the mandatory participation of EU countries in the relocation of refugees.

Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas said this morning that Greece will not allow “unilateral actions” and that it will not “turn into …Lebanon.”

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JustTheTTIP's picture

That traitor should suck it up.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

At least he's employed. Which is more than can be said about nearly half of Greece.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Fuck the Greeks.  

If they want their EU so badly, they can keep their EU.  

unplugged's picture

right - they are afterall the ones in invented "Greek sex"

i-dog's picture

"provide warmth, essential help and security to uprooted, hounded people,”

Is this him making a pitch to also take in the women of Cologne and Stockholm?

Occident Mortal's picture

At least Greece still has the euro.

No jobs, no opportunities, no prospects, no hope, but at least they have the euro.

This is what it looks like when pride gets in the way of common sense.

Dutti's picture

Yes, as Haus already said: "Fuck the Greeks". They entered the EU and agreed to protect their borders towards non EU-countries (like Turkey).  As usual, they don't care about any commitments they made, they just expect the rest of the EU to provide benefits for them and  to bear all the Greeks self imposed burdens.


froze25's picture

And Golden Dawn just went up 5 points for the next election.

Father Thyme's picture
Father Thyme (not verified) froze25 Feb 25, 2016 10:04 AM

"Warehouse of Souls" sounds like a great band name.

BuddyEffed's picture

Didn't Turkey recently get 3 Billion for refugee relateds, and even though they are linked to causing the refugee migration in ways?

Greece should be a part of the plan and solution.

Sandmann's picture

No money has flowed  - Italy objects among others. Merkel is on the hook and expects others to bail her out

eforce's picture

A load of hot air from a socialist which by nature has no principles.

StychoKiller's picture

Hmm, a politician making promises, then not keeping them...where have I heard this before??

BarkingCat's picture

not enough.

wake me up when it is at least 50.

jefferson32's picture

Please Tyler, in such articles about Greece and the "refugee crisis", remind us of the threats by the Greek government in March 2015 TO DO EXACTLY THAT, "flood Europe with migrants".

Google it.. why doesn't anyone mention it? why doesn't it matter?

BaBaBouy's picture

HEY Greek Socialista Politicos, EAT YOUR OWN Fucking Corrupt Cooking. BEG for more free EURO Fiats...

the phantom's picture

No jobs, no opportunities, no prospects, no hope---  exactly, migrants would not want to stay there anyway, when there is the Mecca of Germany... who gives you a new life paid for by the stupid German taxpayer.  Free housing (check), free healthcare (check), freedom to rape German women and men (check).  As Frau Merkel says WE CAN DO IT!!  

Well, have at it.  Maybe Germany can go so far as to politely ask the migrant rapists to wear condoms before they get bent over... as their gov't is doing it bareback and without lube. 

COSTA.RICA.RIC's picture


Crash Overide's picture

They should let the Greek people vote on a referendum to end bailouts and exit the EU.

Greek votes matter...

XuscitizenSweden's picture

You're Goddamn Right about that Haus-T_.


The fuckin' creep-greek bastard has been greekin' us Northern Europeans since he took over.

....1.....2......3 strikes, U R OUT !!!


note: 'greekin' us' = am. slang for butt-fucking

wildbad's picture

you said it.  pussied out, sold out his brave voters, takes eu's cash and wonders why he is seen as "part of the problem" by the states that want NOTHING to do with the joke that is the EU Imperial dictatorship

grow a pair tsipras then we can talk

DeadFred's picture

Sorry, once they've been snipped off they don't grow back.

Croesus's picture

Nice to know the Greeks finally decided to stop taking it in the ass. 

BarkingCat's picture

They have not.

They are just changing position.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

That you, Carmen* Sutra?


*misspelled, I know.

The Greek horse's picture

From America to my roots of Greece if you people down there have any Balls assassinate Tsipras outside of the parliament on live television.. You had your chance with MR. Varoufakis now you are slaves... GOLDEN DAWN is you last hope just like America with MR. TRUMP..  

Sages wife's picture

They should hold a referendum.

Troy Ounce's picture



They might get referendum poisoning


buzzsaw99's picture

the billy batts quote works for this one too

E.F. Mutton's picture

If you like your Muslim Rapists, etc...

unplugged's picture

yes, you will - you are Greece

Sages wife's picture

The Greeks have unilaterally decided to eat only one meal a day moving forward.

Kokulakai's picture

If you sleep with dogs, you get fleas.

abyssinian's picture

Alexis Tsipras is a spineless traitor and the rest of the Greeks are useless slaves.  Go cry me a river, all of them deserve whatever crap coming to them. Enjoy! 

medium giraffe's picture

"....all of them deserve whatever crap coming to them."


As do we all.

abyssinian's picture

we all do, but at least most of the Americans have balls and firearms to fight back and we dont' cry like Greeks! 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Tsipras doesn't have the balls to dump the EU, and the Greeks don't have the balls to dump/hang Tsipras.

Pot, meet Lid.

wildbad's picture

guess another hand is feeding you with other peoples money

Grandad Grumps's picture

If they must leave Syria because Satan has turned on his Syrian leader, then it is only appropriate that Satan put the people up in his home country of Switzerland. I hear that there is a nice hotel in Davos, to use as a refugee center.

I have heard nothing about refugees in Switzerland. How is that?

StychoKiller's picture

Most Swiss citizens are packing heat, so...

iggenFlot's picture
iggenFlot (not verified) Feb 25, 2016 9:21 AM

Gold and silver are fixing to take a shit on your heads, Zeroes!

Squid Viscous's picture

i have more than doubled my money in GDX and NUGT dick face!

jeezus you're a tool- go play in traffic or something ...

Montani Semper Liberi's picture

 Well, that shit dried up really fast didn't it iggen?

 Venting your schadenfreude and spiking the ball in the endzone over a ten-minute, ten-dollar drop in the POG at the cash open can leave you with egg on your face. 

Troy Ounce's picture



It is all folklore.

BarkingCat's picture

That is Quarter Pounder with CHEESE??

Damn, I guess I made them wrong when I worked at McDonald's.

I thought it was Quarter Pounder with Jizz.

StychoKiller's picture

From someone else's post:


This is how bad the economy is:

· McDonald’s is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

 · My neighbor got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

· Wives are having sex with their husbands because they can’t afford batteries.

· CEO’s are now playing miniature golf.

· Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

· A stripper was killed when her audience showered her with rolls of pennies while she danced.

· If the bank returns your check marked “Insufficient Funds,” you call them and ask if they meant you or them.

· Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America.

· Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children’s names.

· A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.

· A picture is now only worth 200 words.

· When Bill and Hillary travel together, they now have to share a room.

· The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali pirates.

And, finally….

* I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings,
Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call centre
in Pakistan, and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if
I could drive a truck.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Perhaps you should have defaulted after all!!!

The BRICs will be happy to lend you some fiat in exchange for a Navy base.