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This article titled “EU could ‘scrap refugee quota scheme'” was written by Jennifer Rankin in Brussels, for The Guardian on Monday 11th December 2017 16.25 UTC

The EU could scrap a divisive scheme that compels member states to accept quotas of refugees, one of the bloc’s most senior leaders will say this week.

The president of the European council, Donald Tusk, will tell EU leaders at a summit on Thursday that mandatory quotas have been divisive and ineffective, in a clear sign that he is ready to abandon the policy that has created bitter splits across the continent.

Tusk will set a six-month deadline for EU leaders to reach unanimous agreement on reforms to the European asylum system, but will propose alternatives if there is no consensus.

“If there is no solution … including on the issue of mandatory quotas, the president of the European council will present a way forward,” states a draft letter from Tusk to national capitals, seen by the Guardian.

In effect this means scrapping mandatory quotas, because Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic are fiercely opposed to the idea of dispersing refugees around the bloc based on a formula drawn up in Brussels. Tusk is likely to face opposition, however, from other EU bodies, including the European commission.

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New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis questioned on Friday the wisdom of the government’s decision to invite Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Greece, saying the country didn’t gain much from the visit.

“Our country didn’t gain anything substantial from this visit. Defending our national interests requires seriousness, preparation, well-thought-out moves,” he said.

He said it wasn’t clear what the reason was for Erdogan’s visit to Greece, what the government expected from the visit and why it should have taken place at this time.

“Yesterday’s visit, the first of a Turkish president in 65 years, should have had an essential objective, a qualitative resetting of bilateral relations. Instead of achieving that goal, what did we all witness yesterday? The Turkish president formulated publically, and on Greek soil, his country’s unilateral claims, far and beyond international law and international treaties that set the framework of good neighbourly relations,” he said.

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New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis questioned on Friday the wisdom of the government’s decision to invite Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Greece, saying the country didn’t gain much from the visit.

“Our country didn’t gain anything substantial from this visit. Defending our national interests requires seriousness, preparation, well-thought-out moves,” he said.

He said it wasn’t clear what the reason was for Erdogan’s visit to Greece, what the government expected from the visit and why it should have taken place at this time.

“Yesterday’s visit, the first of a Turkish president in 65 years, should have had an essential objective, a qualitative resetting of bilateral relations. Instead of achieving that goal, what did we all witness yesterday? The Turkish president formulated publically, and on Greek soil, his country’s unilateral claims, far and beyond international law and international treaties that set the framework of good neighbourly relations,” he said.

Mitsotakis said that Greek responses to Erdogan’s claims by President Prokopios Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras were “self-evident” but claimed the government was unprepared for the meeting, considering its gravity.

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