"Europe has reached a compromise after tough negotiations. Even though the effort lasted a long time, in the end the leap was bigger than expected," German Foreign Minister Haiko Maas said on Tuesday before leaving for Greece and added: "I would like to take advantage of my contacts, today in Athens, to discuss migration issues."
The statement by the German Foreign Minister is as follows:
"In a very special morning for Europe, I am traveling to Athens today. Europe has reached a compromise after tough negotiations. Even though the effort lasted a long time, in the end the leap was bigger than expected. The European Union is proving that it's able to act decisively and with solidarity even during the worst economic crisis in its history. This is a strong foundation for all Europeans to overcome this crisis in a positive way.
"I would also like to take advantage of my contacts today in Athens to discuss migration issues as well. It is not permissible for Europe to abandon Greece to fend for itself with the problem of migration in the Mediterranean. The humanitarian situation in the refugee camps of Lesvos and elsewhere is partly very difficult.
"That is why Germany has offered to accept more unaccompanied children from there. However, we are trying to achieve a European-wide solution, which will help the countries that are especially burdened in the long run. That is why, during the German Presidency of the European Council, we will primarily seek to reform the common European Asylum System and we want to make progress on this issue."