Although the Greek Minister of Public Order, Nikos Toskas, has argued that there is no reason for concern in Greece following the terrorist attack in Brussels on Tuesday, people have begun to fear that extremists may be among the refugees coming in. Security at Athens International Airport and Piraeus Port, where thousands of refugees are stranded, was beefed up in the wake of the Brussels terrorist attack.
"There is no reason for concern in Greece. For historic reasons, our country is not a target, but we must be vigilant, because many people come through our country and we cooperate with other governments. We have not located any cells or movements to cause concern," Toskas said on SKAI TV.
Government spokesmperson Olga Gerovasili said on ALPHA 989 radio that the peoples of Europe should resist fear and respond with the values of solidarity and protection of fundamental rights. "Closing the borders, we will shut in our enemy," she said in an interview earlier today
But the terrorist attacks in Brussels have started to build other types of reactions within Greece.
Bishop Amvrosios, a leading cleric with nationalist positions, said on Wednesday that refugees are not welcome to stay in Greece, because their customs and religion are "incompatible" with the norms of the native population. "We are not compatible. Our customs are incompatible. We do not like their culture. We do not accept their religion," Amvrosios wrote on his blog.
Greece will soon be facing even greater challenges. In order for the country not to turn into an endless ghetto of abandoned refugees and illegal migrants, decisive actions, a plan and common national front are needed. But the terrorist attacks in Brussels made it even more difficult for EU countries to make the relevant decisions.