The Latest: Merkel: Greece should set up refugee homes fast

The Latest on the influx of refugees and other migrants into Europe (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that Greece should work on humane accommodation for refugees "in lightning-speed."

Merkel said Sunday in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that Greece should have created accommodation for up to 50,000 refugees at the end of last year and needs to quickly make up for lost time.

Merkel also said Greece needs to get more support from the European Union during the current refugee crisis — which she said will be one of the main issues to be discussed at Monday's EU summit in Brussels.

Thousands of refugees are stranded in Idomeni at the Greek border to Macedonia hoping to make it further north to countries like Germany or Sweden. But Macedonia only lets very few refugees enter the country.


12:10 p.m.

Greek police officials say Macedonian authorities have imposed further restrictions on refugees trying to cross the border, saying only those from cities they consider to be at war can enter.

The officials said the restrictions imposed Sunday means that people from Aleppo in Syria, for example, can enter Macedonia from Greece, but those from the Syrian capital of Damascus or the Iraqi capital of Baghdad cannot.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak on the record.

The restrictions were the latest move by Macedonia to slow the flow of refugees into the country. The rate at which refugees are being allowed to cross had already been reduced to a trickle and about 13,000-14,000 people are stranded in an overflowing camp on the Greek side.