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EU strives for common stance as spats mark response to Balkan migrant crisis

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EU strives for common stance as spats mark response to Balkan migrant crisis

<p>As tens of thousands of migrants stream across the Balkans splits, spats and threats are features of the European response.<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Three Balkan leaders vow to shut borders ahead of EU talks <a href="https://t.co/rundS9bCGn">https://t.co/rundS9bCGn</a> <a href="https://t.co/aXnkgCQLv9">pic.twitter.com/aXnkgCQLv9</a></p>— Press TV (@PressTV) <a href="https://twitter.com/PressTV/status/658070679422685188">October 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The leaders of Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania have met to discuss their reaction to the increased flow of migrants across the region following Hungary’s decision to close its borders.<br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bulgaria?src=hash">#Bulgaria</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Romania?src=hash">#Romania</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Serbia?src=hash">#Serbia</a> PM's agree & expand collaboration ahead of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WB?src=hash">#WB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Summit?src=hash">#Summit</a> <a href="https://t.co/bKhGrS0Siq">https://t.co/bKhGrS0Siq</a> <a href="https://t.co/7881sZTNNc">pic.twitter.com/7881sZTNNc</a></p>— Cees Vis (@CornelisVis) <a href="https://twitter.com/CornelisVis/status/657875671440609280">October 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /> In a statement they said they would close their borders if Germany and Austria blocked entry to migrants.</p> <p>EU leaders are meeting to confirm a common stance to a problem that has seen 500.000 migrants and refugees arrive in the Balkans since the beginning of the year. <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Looming Balkan winter threatens children on the move in Europe <a href="https://t.co/5Vc5E5NuAY">https://t.co/5Vc5E5NuAY</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters">@Reuters</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/refugeecrisis?src=hash">#refugeecrisis</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/migrantcrisis?src=hash">#migrantcrisis</a></p>— UNICEF (@UNICEF) <a href="https://twitter.com/UNICEF/status/657624294428512256">October 23, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Donald Tusk is the president of the European Council:<br /> “Today, no task is more important for the moderate centrist political camp than the re-establishment of Europe`s external borders. And not in order to make Europe into an inaccessible fortress, but to effectively protect the values I have just mentioned in solidarity, freedom and openness.<br /> Only then will we be able to stop the radicals in their march for power,” he said.</p> <p>Slovenia is considering erecting a barrier along its border with Croatia if the EU fails to reduce the migrant burden on the most exposed countries. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Slovenia gives army more power amid migrant crisis <a href="https://t.co/fZkCyz4pPb">https://t.co/fZkCyz4pPb</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/656683185414262784">October 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Leaders of the richer European states fear a right-wing backlash if the unchecked flow of migrants continues.</p>