German ex-Minister's Name Involved in Greece-Macedonia Migrant Scandal
The name of a former German labor minister appears on leaflets containing maps of alternative routes to cross into Macedonia from Greece, media from both countries report.
Greece has meanwhile claimed the mass exodus of hundreds of migrants through the border has been the result of coordinated action, German daily Die Welt quotes Giorgos Kyritsis, an official from the country's refugee crisis center as saying.
Instructions reportedly contain "fake information" about which migrant camps in Greece they should only arrive in. They are encouraged not to get on buses to avoid being sent back to Turkey as the government in Athens is planning and as it possibly might happen to those who get on a bus or train.
Written in Arabic, the leaflets contain instructions on crossing into Macedonia from Greece despite the move by Skopje to seal off its border. The sheets of paper include departing hours from the Idomeni center (14:00, possibly local time, EET) where thousands of migrants have arrived since Macedonia enforced restrictions to the reception of migrants.
"It is quite possible that those who stay in Greece are eventually sent to Turkey... Those who manage to travel to a city of Central or Eastern Europe will be able to stay. Germany accepts more refugees."
The text also advises against moving in small groups to avoid being caught by police: "but if you try to move by the thousands across the border, the police will not be able to stop you."
One of the leaflets also includes the name of Norbert Bl?m, Minister for Social Affairs and Labor.
Bl?m served under the administrations of Helmut Kohl between 1982 and 1998.
Bl?m earlier this month arrived at a refugee camp in Greece, saying he wants to show solidarity.
As many as 500-2000 migrants managed to enter Greece on Monday afternoon, with Macedonia vowing to send them back.
Greek media outlets quote migrants as saying it was Idomeni that they were handed the leaflets.
Earlier on Tuesday, Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner put on Greece the entire blame for the development, suggesting it made "false promises".