Philippine Daily Inquirer



ATHENS— British singer Sting called world leaders “half men and cowards” for their inability to solve the refugee crisis.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already played down expectatio­ns of a breakthrou­gh at hastily arranged talks among European Union leaders on the migration dispute dividing Europe and threatenin­g her own government.

Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache said on Saturday he expects a chain reaction across the European Union if Germany closes its borders to refugees.

Migration policies in the United States have also been in the spotlight.

“Thank God for Greece, be- cause you have shown the way,” said Sting, whose real name is Gordon Sumner, at an Amnesty Internatio­nal event in Athens.

“You have shown how to treat refugees when other people are building walls. When children are being taken from their mothers and put in cages, you are acting with compassion, generosity and common sense,” he said.

A sad parade

“Because our so-called leaders, a sad parade of halfmen, cowards, have not [gotten] the solutions… Once again Greece has shown us how to be civilized.”

Nearly a million refugees passed through and got support from Greece in 2015, as the country was dealing with its own major financial crisis.

US President Donald Trump recently abandoned a policy of separating migrant children from their parents on the USMexico border, after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad.

Sting told Reuters the family separation policy was “brutal” and “barbaric.”

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