OPINION

Time waits for no government

The constant, massive flows of refugees and migrants entering and trying to exit Greece are becoming a major problem for the country, posing multiple challenges.

There is no doubt that Turkey and certain European countries carry a great deal of responsibility with regard to the situation which has developed in the Aegean Sea and on Greece’s northern border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Reality, however, is merciless and demands swift preparation and planning by the Greek government if it wants to prevent the worst-case scenario, which involves hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants becoming stranded on Greek soil, unable to move forward or back.

What’s more, anyone who believes that shutting down the country’s borders will put an end to the continuing flows and deter desperate refugees and migrants from making the journey west, is not only naive, but is also making a mistake that could prove very dangerous for the country.