Greece Resists Its Role as European Union’s Gatekeeper

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Migrants at a Greek gas station as they waited for buses to the Macedonian border. The journey may become more difficult under new European plans.

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Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

IDOMENI, Greece — On a recent weekday, 40 buses jammed into the parking lot of a gas station near the Macedonian border, carrying thousands of refugees who had survived a perilous crossing on wintry seas from Turkey.

Now they were approaching ground zero in the intensifying debate over how to curb the unceasing stream of men, women and children from war-ravaged and poor…

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