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Tsipras to inspect ‘hot spots’ on Chios, Leros

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will on Wednesday visit Chios and Leros to inspect the refugee screening centers, or “hot spots,” under construction on the Aegean islands.

Tsipras, who will be accompanied by alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas, will then leave for Brussels to take part in the two-day summit on immigration starting on Thursday.

Ahead of the meeting, Tsipras is expected to meet with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu.

The European Commission on Tuesday unveiled plans for a new European border and coast guard to replace Frontex.

The EU’s executive wants the mandate to deploy EU forces without the consent of the member state concerned – an idea that has already raised eyebrows among European capitals wary of further encroachments on national sovereignty.

Some 108,000 migrants arrived in Greece in November, roughly half the number recorded the previous month, as worsening weather conditions make crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey even more dangerous, Frontex said Tuesday.