The recent developments regarding the illegal entry of refugees and immigrants into European territory via Turkey, as well as the repercussions of the coronavirus on public health and the economy, were the main topics on Monday’s meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

The prime minister emphasized the direct and indirect involvement of Turkish authorities in creating and continuing the mass violation of European borders at Evros, as well as the deterioration of the situation via the spreading of fake news.

For her part, the Chancellor noted that the refugee-migration issue relates to the very existence of the European Union, stressing that the joint EU-Turkey agreement of March 2016 includes both the funds Turkey is receiving from Europe and the obligations that need to be respected.

Concerning the coronavirus epidemic, the prime minister noted that this year will affect economic activity at a European and global level.