Migrants and refugees stand at the gate of the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, on March 2, 2016, where thousands of people are stranded. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI
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European Union leaders will Monday back closing down the Balkans route used by most migrants to reach Europe, diplomats said, after at least 25 more people drowned trying to cross the Aegean Sea en route to Greece.The bloc's 28 leaders will ask Davutoglu's government to accept "large-scale" deportations of economic migrants from Greece, the main entry point to Europe, and do more to implement a November deal to slow the flow of people into the bloc.EU leaders are set to stand by Greece after having last week promised 700 million euros in emergency aid for the country and other states to help them manage the influx at their borders.Despite progress, the EU said too many people were still heading from Turkey to Greece, with nearly 2,000 arriving daily in February.Outspoken Czech President Milos Zeman said the EU should not give Turkey the funds because it was "neither ready nor capable" of helping migrants.
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