Germany's Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that "the bridge that opens and closes to stop the flow of refugees" doesn’t exist and closing of borders is not an alternative, so Germany must cooperate with Turkey on the issue of migrants.
Gabriel noted that people migrate to other countries due to the tragic situation in Syria:
- If anyone knows how to close the borders - tell us! Should we deploy military on full combat readiness? No one will do, Gabriel said, adding that it is necessary to deal with the migration causes: poverty and hunger.
- We should cooperate with Turkey on the issue of refugees since we cannot leave them in the lurch. The immigrants need help, and Turkey needs the help of Germany and all Europe. And we propose it.