The Kronen Zeitung has a scoop today in publishing the draft statement to be issued tomorrow following the meeting of EU Heads of Government in which it is to be stated that the Western Balkans migrant route 'is now closed'.
However, rather than admit that Austria's action in co-ordinating Balkan nations to block their borders has worked, an initiative which only last week was being roundly condemned by the EU and Greece, the unelected officials in Brussels have decided that the better option is to credit themselves with Austria's win; the extract below is credited to the paper:-
The leaked document goes on to agree further aid to Greece, including seconded border guards from EU nations lent to the EU's 'Frontex' bureaucracy, and to ready implementation of return of economic migrants to Turkey from 1st June.
However, the EU's haste in pursuing options that push the problem back to Turkey come at a price; unrestricted access to the EU for Turkish citizens. As long as the UK remains in the EU, this means a new flood of Turkish economic migrants to the UK. There is, it seems, no win-win solution.