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Greece fumes over Austria's 'hostile' migration policy

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Greece fumes over Austria's 'hostile' migration policy

<p>Austria’s tough stance on migration is undermining the EU’s response to the refugee crisis, Greece’s interior minister told euronews on Thursday.</p> <p>Yiannis Mouzalas branded Vienna’s decision not to invite Greece to a mini-summit on the topic as “hostile”; Athens has since recalled its ambassador from Austria over the row.</p> <p>“Austria used to be a friendly country, now it’s taking a hostile action. We don’t describe it as a hostile country but we clearly say that this specific action is hostile and painful for our country but also for Europe,” he told euronews’ Efi Koutsokosta. </p> <p>“The EU plan which Austria supported was saying no fences but relocation, not setting dogs on the migrants but resettlement, not close borders but registration. There is a clear plan.”</p> <p>“It’s clear that as these broken promises are increasing, we will also go to unilateral actions. Not because we want to but because we will not have any other choice.”</p> <p>Mouzalas was speaking after a meeting of EU interior ministers in Brussels on the matter. </p> <p>Officials close to the discussions said that Mouzalas clashed with his Austrian counterpart, Johanna Mikl-Leitner.</p> <p>On leaving the meeting, Mikl-Leitner called into question Greece’s place in the passport-free Schengen zone and whether the country could properly manage its borders.</p> <p>“If it is really the case that the Greek external border cannot be protected, can it be still a Schengen external border?” she said.</p> <p>Leaders will meet again in the Belgian capital on March 7th with the Turkish government to seek further progress on how to solve the crisis.</p> <p>They will assess a three-billion-euro deal inked with Ankara in November aimed at stemming the influx of people from Turkish shores.</p>