The Aegean, a sea rich in mythology and history, must not become the sea of the dead.

One hopes that the capsizing of a migrant boat near the isle of Agathonisi is not the prelude of a summer tragedy.

The depths of the sea must not devour those who abandoned their homes to escape death, and then died en route to a more secure life.

We must mourn no more children, such as the ones collected by divers with tears in their eyes.

Yet, tragedies in the Aegean cannot be averted by mere wishes. What is required of the competent state organs is a plan, action, and programming.

It would be criminal if the government were caught unawares by a new wave of refugees and migrants.

Already, the messages coming from Berlin and the new interior minister, Horst Seehofer, but also from other European capitals, are hardly reassuring.

One must not forget that Ankara is prepared at any moment to use the migration problem as a tool to achieve its goals.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not hide this.  Indeed, he persists in using the drama that these people face as a threat.

Consequently, Greece, a country that lacks the means and infrastructure to shoulder this burden, must act extremely swiftly and methodically.

Unfortunately, there is no other way.