OPINION

Unwelcome repeat

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is in a similar situation to the one he found himself in during the negotiations with the country’s partners and creditors in the first months of 2015.

On the one hand, reality is merciless and the situation with the refugees and migrants is now clearly out of control.

On the other hand, the ideology adopted by a large portion of his SYRIZA party has not allowed him, for a while now, to do the obvious.

When the leftists came to power, the country found itself in the hands of ministers and officials who believed in open borders. Later on, the idea of a distinction between refugees and illegal migrants came to the fore.

Now the coalition government believes it will persuade the suffering people through speeches made in Athens, while it finds it difficult to decide to build closed facilities.

The results are visible now: This is not a situation worthy of a European state, one which shows neither honest humanism nor basic effectiveness in safeguarding its borders.