Kos measures 40 by 8 kilometres (25 by 5 miles), and is 4 km (2 miles) from the coast of Bodrum, Turkey, which used to mean it was a perfect place in summer for island hopping tourists.
These days its close proximity to the Turkish coastline has led to an influx of desperate men, women and children fleeing war torn Syria.
Footage shown Tuesday evening in the U.K. seems to indicate that police on the island are unable to cope.
Queues of desperate migrants wanting to acquire the necessary paperwork to move on to the next step of their journey into Europe were jostled; one woman fainted and a young child was lifted roughly through to safety indoors; people were pushed together and as police tempers frayed in the heat more than one 'slap' was forthcoming, in one case followed by a hasty apology from a police officer.
The migrants are in a desperate state but then so are many Greek people.
In parts of Greece parents have abandoned children at orphanages unable to provide for them. The police face tough cuts to their salaries and pensions; they will be expected to work much longer into old age before they can retire but in the meantime job numbers will be slashed.
One migrant who was critical of Europe and its response simply seemed churlish. If he was in such a desperate situation back home surely he should be happy to have fled that country, whichever it is?
But the migrants have no real shelter, water, toilet facilities and more.
When you visit the Greek Islands as a tourist the people are welcoming but you quickly realise most of the local residents are relatively poor by western standards and that assumption dates from before the Greek debt crisis.
As the U.N. and E.U. bureaucrats twiddle their thumbs and ponder what to do next they need to act as one.
Greeks face a debt deal that will be unpopular, involve more debt for the country, tie Greece into years of austerity and result in a fragile peace.
They do not need a huge migrant crisis adding to their woes.
On Kos the Greek people and the migrants need help, but so do the police; and the island needs its tourist visitors more than ever.
A Catch 22 situation if ever there was one.
Telegraph travel June 2015 - Mediterranean migrant crisis: should I cancel my holiday?
Express Tuesday - Greek islands turmoil: Police on Kos use batons to disperse migrants as chaos boils over
"Germany, the EU powerhouse, is set to vote on the plan on Friday. However, tough talks to finalise the bailout - expected to take much of the summer - will only begin after that" reports BBC News Wednesday evening.
But whatever your view on the Greek debt crisis-whether you believe it is at least in part their own fault or you feel that the Greeks should be 'helped out'- it is sad to see such turmoil on the streets of Greece and in the country's capital.
Tourism is big business in Greece but economic and currency uncertainty, added to the possibility of violent protests, will not help that industry be successful.
The UK's acting Labour leader Harriet Harman believes "Russian President Vladimir Putin is "waiting in the wings" to bring Greece under his sphere of influence if the country's third bailout plan goes awry."
So there is a lot at stake for many people and many countries.
For the people of Greece there is no end in sight to austerity and financial pain. They will be asked or expected to swallow more tough austerity measures. Some of those measures will bring them into line with policies in other EU countries. Some are to put Greece 'in its place' and make its leaders toe-the-line. Some may even be to undermine the left-wing government elected on an anti-austerity mandate.
The only certainty is this Greek tragedy is far from over.
Midnight from the UK - update
"Greek MPs have approved tough economic measures required to enable an €86bn eurozone bailout deal to go ahead.
The new legislation includes tax rises and an increase in the retirement age."
IMF attacks EU over Greek deal terms
But in the end the EU had Tsipras and Greece over a barrel.
Determined to ensure that Greek people experience tough measures being endured in other EU countries will satisfy creditors, the uber wealthy, big corporations and business but surely we should have all been looking to live up to Greek ideals rather than all sign up for the 'German' way of life?
Yes Monday some Greeks interviewed by the media 'mentioned the war' but can you blame them?
They noted Germany was again imposing its will on Europe but this time fiscally.
Greece, its people and government are still between a rock and a hard place. Will the people accept Germany's tough terms?
We will let you know later this week. Billions will be loaned to Greece but at a huge price if the deal goes forward.
Germans would rather send humanitarian aid than forgive Greece’s debts - is one American view but America is not in Europe at least not officially!
Our view - Remember when Greece helped cancel post war German debt
Images of Lagarde and Merkel, smiling for once, tells one story; Twitter tells another.
The Guardian reports the new debt deal as:
The new measures Greece must now implement
Was the referendum necessary? Are the tougher measures meant as 'a bashing' for Tsipras for not falling into line immediately?
Is Brussels now dictating a new watered down form of democracy and demonising left-wing politics?
In an earlier report we wrote "In 2012 the Guardian reported "Christine Lagarde, the IMF boss who caused international outrage after she suggested in an interview with the Guardian on Friday that beleaguered Greeks might do well to pay their taxes, pays no taxes, it has emerged. As an official of an international institution, her salary of $467,940 (£298,675) a year plus $83,760 additional allowance a year is not subject to any taxes."
Presumably that remains the case; more EU hypocrisy.
The fat cats riding the gravy train in the EU are quick to spin Greek debt and gloss over such facts.
But people are not so blind these days.
6 days ago we wrote a brief opinion piece inspired by an image posted on Facebook. We wrote "This opinion piece about the Greek debt crisis was inspired by the attached image which shows Greek Ministers in the 1950's joining others to sign away German debt following the Second World War caused by that country." That report has received a great deal of attention and many visits."
People are on the side of Greece.
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