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Migrants raise hands to catch bottles of...Migrants raise hands to catch bottles of waters thrown by volunteers of humanitarian organizations as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the vilage of Idomeni, northern Greece, on 4 September, 2015. Europe is facing an "unprecedented humanitarian and political crisis" as it struggles with the huge influx of refugees and migrants, the European Commission's vice-president Frans Timmermans said Thursday. "We must find European responses to a problem that cannot be resolved by countries individually," Timmermans said ahead of talks with Greek Prime Minister Vassiliki Thanou on a crisis that has seen more than 230,000 people land on Greek shores this year. AFP PHOTO /Sakis MitrolidisSAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Migrants raise hands to catch bottles of waters thrown by volunteers of humanitarian organisations as they wait to cross the Greek- Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece.

Migrants confront Macedonian police during clashes at the Greek-Macedonian border

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Migrants confront Macedonian police during clashes at the Greek-Macedonian border, on Friday. Macedonian police drove back crowds of migrants and refugees trying to enter from Greece on Friday after a night spent stranded in no-man’s land by an emergency decree effectively sealing the Macedonian frontier.

Migrants wait on the Greek side of the border to pass into Macedonia near southern city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 20 August 2015. Macedonian special police forces arrived this morning and blocked the illegal border crossing between Macedonia and Greece. They don't give permission to the migrants to pass in Macedonia. Number of migrants who passing through Macedonia increase day by day. From the beginning of the year to mid-June 2015, nearly 160,000 migrants landed in the southern European countries, mainly Greece and Italy, on their way to wealthier countries in Western and Northern Europe, according to estimates by the International Organization for Migration (IOM

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Migrants wait on the Greek side of the border to pass into Macedonia near southern city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Thursday. Macedonian special police forces arrived this morning and blocked the illegal border crossing between Macedonia and Greece

Syrian refugees are seen onboard the passenger ship "Eleftherios Venizelos"

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Syrian refugees are seen onboard the passenger ship “Eleftherios Venizelos” at the port on the Greek island of Kos. A passenger ship carrying Syrian refugees set sail from the Greek island of Kos heading for the mainland as authorities struggle to cope with a wave of arrivals. The Greek coast guard’s office said the ship, which has acted as a floating accommodation and registration centre since Sunday, was heading for the northern port of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second biggest city.

A migrant hugs his family after safetly arriving to the shores of Kos island from Turkey on Tuesday. Authorities on the island of Kos have been so overwhelmed that the government sent a ferry to serve as a temporary centre to issue travel documents to Syrian refugees -- among some 7,000 migrants stranded on the island of about 30,000 people. The early hours are the safest time for migrants travelling from Turkey to the Greek islands just across the water, which have seen a huge influx of refugees escaping the civil war in Syria and chaos in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year.

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A migrant hugs his family after safely arriving to the shores of Kos island from Turkey on Tuesday

A Syrian migrant arrives after crossing from Turkey by a rubber boat, seen in the background, in the southeastern island of Kos, Greece, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Greek authorities said Sunday they have started resettling migrants living in tents in a park in the capital Athens   but many were wary and had moved out ahead of the operation. More than 130,000 migrants have reached Greece so far in 2015, straining the country's resources

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A Syrian migrant arrives after crossing from Turkey by a rubber boat, seen in the background, in the southeastern island of Kos, Greece, Monday

Two Syrian refugees sit at the dock of the port of Kos watching the passenger ship "Eleftherios Venizelos" off  the Greek island of Kos

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Two Syrian refugees sit at the dock of the port of Kos as the passenger ship “Eleftherios Venizelos” backs into the quay on the Greek island of Kos. The vessel will house more than 2500 migrants who arrived in the country from the Turkish coast and will be used as a registration center for migrants. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the “total chaos” on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey, according to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR director for Europe.

A dinghy with Syrian refugees approaches a beach of the Greek island of Kos,  on Friday. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the "total chaos" on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey, according to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR director for Europe

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A dinghy with Syrian refugees approaches a beach of the Greek island of Kos, on Friday. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the “total chaos” on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed

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Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos reacts as deputies attempt to disrupt his speech during a night parliamentary session in Athens, Greece, early on Friday. Greek lawmakers debated a draft bill on the latest bailout deal, which the government hopes will be approved ahead of a euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels on Friday. 

TOPSHOTS Migrant women carrying children...TOPSHOTS Migrant women carrying children comfort each other upon reaching the Greek island of Kos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece on August 13, 2015. Greece sent extra riot police to Kos as tensions mounted over a huge influx of migrants. The Greek government said it was "immediately" dispatching a ship to Kos to double up as an accommodation and processing centre for up to 2,500 people as around 7,000 migrants wait to apply for immigration papers.  AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINISANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Migrant women carrying children comfort each other upon reaching the Greek island of Kos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece. Greece sent extra riot police to Kos as tensions mounted over a huge influx of migrants. The Greek government said it was “immediately” dispatching a ship to Kos to double up as an accommodation and processing centre for up to 2,500 people as around 7,000 migrants wait to apply for immigration papers. 

Syrian refugees on a dinghy drift in the Aegean sea off the Greek island of Kos in Greece...An officer onboard a Greek Coast Guard boat (L) talks to Syrian refugees overcrowdeding a dinghy as it drifts in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece after its motor broke down off the Greek island of Kos, August 11, 2015. United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the "total chaos" on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey, according to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR director for Europe.REUTERS/ Yannis Behrakis

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An officer onboard a Greek Coast Guard boat talks to Syrian refugees overcrowding a dinghy as it drifts in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece after its motor broke down off the Greek island of Kos on Tuesday 

Syrian refugees arrive on a dinghy at the Greek island of Kos

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Syrian refugee from Kobani holds two children as he jumps off a dinghy as they arrive at a beach on the Greek island of Kos, after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey, on Monday

Migrants try to get on a train heading to the border with Serbia at the train station in Gevgelija, on the Macedonian-Greek border. According to the UN, some 224,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year.

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Migrants try to get on a train heading to the border with Serbia at the train station in Gevgelija, on the Macedonian-Greek border. According to the UN, some 224,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year. 

Greek Government As Euro Exit Back On Agenda...Alexis Tsipras, Greece's prime minister, arrives at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. There's still a danger that Greece will be forced out of the euro region by the end of 2016, according to 71 percent of respondents in a Bloomberg survey of 34 economists

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Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister, arrives at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, on. There’s still a danger that Greece will be forced out of the euro region by the end of 2016, according to 71 percent of respondents in a Bloomberg survey of 34 economists. 

Migrants wait on the Greek side of the border to enter in Macedonia near city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Monday. Thousands of migrants who crossed Greece are on their way through Macedonia towards Serbia in order to access other European countries. Hungary in mid-July started to put up a fence on its border with Serbia, which makes the situation with the migrants in the transit countries even more complicated. The European countries on 20 July will discuss the quota of how many migrants each country should accept.

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Migrants wait on the Greek side of the border to enter in Macedonia near city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Monday. Thousands of migrants who crossed Greece are on their way through Macedonia towards Serbia in order to access other European countries

People wait outside of a bank in central...People wait outside of a bank in central Athens, prior to its opening on July 20, 2015. Greek banks reopened Monday after a three-week shutdown imposed by the government to avert a crash in the banking system over the country's debt crisis. Capital controls in force since June 29 remain in place, although a daily cash withdrawal limit of 60 euros ($65.03) has now been relaxed. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

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People wait outside of a bank in central Athens, prior to its opening on Monday. Greek banks reopened Monday after a three-week shutdown imposed by the government to avert a crash in the banking system over the country’s debt crisis. Capital controls in force since June 29 remain in place, although a daily cash withdrawal limit of 60 euros ($65.03) has now been relaxed. 

An helicopter of firefighters fly over smokes billowing over Athens, on July 17, 2015 as firemen were battling a brush fire in northeastern Athens and another wildfire in the southern Pelopponese peninsula that prompted the evacuation of five villages. More than 120 firefighters had been dispatched to the area, supported by 50 fire engines, four aircraft and two helicopters

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An helicopter of firefighters fly over smokes billowing over Athens, on Friday as firemen were battling a brush fire in northeastern Athens and another wildfire in the southern Pelopponese peninsula that prompted the evacuation of five villages

Riot police stand amongst the flames from exploded petrol bombs thrown by a small group of anti-establishment demonstrators in front of parliament in Athens, Greece July 15, 2015. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras battled to win lawmakers' approval on Wednesday for a bailout deal to keep Greece in the euro, while the country's creditors, pressed by the IMF to provide massive debt relief, struggled to agree a financial lifeline. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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Riot police stand among the flames from exploded petrol bombs thrown by a small group of anti-establishment demonstrators in front of parliament in Athens late on Wednesday. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras battled to win lawmakers’ approval on Wednesday for a bailout deal to keep Greece in the euro, while the country’s creditors, pressed by the IMF to provide massive debt relief, struggled to agree a financial lifeline.

A cleaning lady mops the steps at the main entrance of the Bank of Greece headquarters in Athens...A cleaning lady mops the steps at the main entrance of the Bank of Greece headquarters in Athens, Greece  July 15, 2015. Greek banks will remain closed through to Thursday, the finance ministry said ahead of a parliamentary vote over tough austerity measures demanded by Greece's creditors in return for a third bailout.  REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

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A cleaning lady mops the steps at the main entrance of the Bank of Greece headquarters in Athens, Greece. Greek banks will remain closed through to Thursday, the finance ministry said ahead of a parliamentary vote over tough austerity measures demanded by Greece’s creditors in return for a third bailout

A pensioner wait to receive part of his pension at a National Bank branch in Athens, Greece on Monday. Euro zone leaders clinched a deal with Greece on Monday to negotiate a third bailout to keep the near-bankrupt country in the euro zone after a whole night of haggling at an emergency summit

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A pensioner wait to receive part of his pension at a National Bank branch in Athens, Greece on Monday