The Latest: Hollande complains of slow EU decision-making
DIKILI, Turkey – The Latest on Europe's response to the continuing tide of refugees (all times local):
French President Francois Hollande says that the European Union's biggest problem is its slow decision-making process — whether in the financial crisis, the fight against terrorism or a common response to the refugee crisis.
In an interview published Wednesday in the German daily Bild, Hollande said Wednesday that "in the end (Europe) always succeeds in finding a solution ... but we have to pay a high price for the lost time."
The French president, who is meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in France for government consultations on Thursday, also stressed that the refugee crisis needs a common European response instead of national decisions by different European countries.
Hollande said that when it comes to migration, 2016 cannot be a repeat of 2015 — which saw more than 1 million migrants entering the EU.
The Turkish coast guard has apprehended dozens of migrants on the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece.
About 60 people, including some Syrians, were brought to a coast guard station in the western province of Izmir on Wednesday.
The European Union began sending back migrants this week under a deal with Turkey aimed at preventing illegal migration to Europe.
On Monday, 202 migrants from 11 countries were sent back to Turkey from the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios.
The same day, 155 migrants were caught on the Aegean by the Turkish coast guard.
Meanwhile, dozens of Syrians were flown to German, Finland and the Netherlands on Monday and Tuesday.
The EU-Turkey deal stipulates that for every Syrian returned from Europe to Turkey another should be resettled in Europe.