EU leaders row over Balkans migrant route 'closure'

A woman carries her baby near the gate of a Greek-Macedonian border crossing near the Greek village of Idomeni, on March 6, 2016Divided EU leaders argued Monday about a plan to declare the Balkans migrant route closed as they held a summit with Turkey’s prime minister to urge Ankara to accept large-scale deportations of economic migrants. At the last minute, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker insisted that a mention of the route closure be dropped from the proposed closing statement of the summit in Brussels, European sources told AFP. The row underlined the deep divisions in the 28-nation European Union as it tries to harden its stance in the face of the worst refugee crisis to hit the continent since World War II.

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