Macedonia 'paying for EU mistakes' in refugee crisis: president

A migrant kindles a fire in a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, on March 10, 2016Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov on Friday angrily charged that his country had been forced to “pay for the mistakes” of the EU during the record migrant influx. Ivanov accused the 28-member EU of failing to anticipate the massive influx via Turkey and then dithering in the face of the historic refugee wave. “In the refugee crisis, we are now paying for the EU’s mistakes, we have already spent 25 million euros ($28 million) of our taxpayers’ money and had to declare a national crisis,” he told Germany’s Bild newspaper.

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