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Refugees Crisis: solidarity vs deportation

February 16, 2016

Yesterday European Parliament President Martin Schultz warned in Munich that the EU was facing the loss of trust of local citizens about that the transnational institutions were still able to deliver solutions to crisis. He said that the "desolidarization" in the EU had been seen during the last 20 years which was now arriving at the governmental level among EU member states, "therefore I am very worried."

"We cannot apply purely national solutions for the future in increasingly interconnected globalized world," Altair argued.

Therefore, more unity within Europe is indeed required through sharing burden, improving coordination, deepening integration etc., to pull European people out of crisis spiral. Leyen called on European countries to find an internal European distribution mechanism, a common asylum policy and consistent control measures.

"We should have European policy to reach gradual solutions to managing permanent problems," said Gentiloni, adding "If we sell opinion to our public that there is a quick fix of the migration issue, we are selling something very poisonous."

Germany took in 1.1 million refugees last year, while Italy and Greece have been overwhelmed as the main arrival points from the Middle East and Africa. Sweden and Austria have also taken in large numbers, but many EU members, especially in the east, have been deeply reluctant to open their doors. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Saturday that the view in Paris is “not favourable” to Berlin’s call for a permanent quota system to distribute more refugees across the EU, adding that France had already agreed to take in 30,000 refugees. The mass influx of refugees and other migrants into Europe spells a “near existential threat” to the continent, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

“We are facing the gravest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II,” he said at the Munich Security Conference, which has been dominated by the Syrian conflict that has been driving the mass flight. “The United States understands the near existential nature of this threat to the politics and fabric of life in Europe,” he told the meeting.

Czech President Milos Zeman, known for his anti-refugee rhetoric, called for the "deportation" of economic refugees and suspected terrorists amid what he called the EU's "complete failure" to tackle the refugee crisis.The 71-year-old leftist has repeatedly spoken out against the surge of refugee arrivals in Europe and even attended a rally against refugees and Islam organised by the xenophobic Bloc Against Islam movement last year.

"The European Union has completely failed to solve the migration crisis," Zeman told a meeting of social democrats in the Slovak capital Bratislava. "The only solution to the refugee crisis is the deportation of economic migrants and those advocating religious violence, religious hatred, in short, plotting terrorism." Zeman added that his country would welcome all refugees willing to integrate but said that "Islamic refugees are impossible to integrate and assimilate into European culture".

On the opposite side, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble suddenly advocated a Marshall Plan for the Middle East and Africa: he called for “a coalition of the willing,” that is, of countries that are willing to invest billions in those regions from which the refugees come. And in a further reversal, Schäuble agreed with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that it would be disgraceful to attempt to turn Europe into a fortress, and that pressure on the external borders of the European Union should rather be reduced by such a development perspective.

 

The EU solution was actually "The Relocation policy": European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker’s flagship plan to stem Europe’s migration crisis by redistributing refugees around the bloc risks crumbling, as EU states balk at sharing the burden, according to several diplomats and officials. Since adopting the scheme last September to relocate 160,000 asylum seekers from frontline states Greece and Italy, European Union countries have moved at a snail’s pace, taking in just 500 people. But EU diplomats and analysts spoke of growing doubts the plan will succeed in the face of the reluctance of many governments in the 28-nation bloc. “I think people are afraid it’s going to fail,” one diplomat told. “Some are losing hope and some are exploiting this loss of hope.” European sources blame the delays on a series of factors: governments trying to screen jihadists in the wake of the Paris attacks, a lack of housing and education for asylum seekers, and logistical problems over chartering planes. Actually, some EU states have re-imposed border controls on a temporary basis.

France’s King Henry IV believed long ago that, for the sake of a good cause, everyone need not be motivated by the highest ideal; some people won’t achieve a goal until they feel their own shirts burning. Because Schäuble knows: Without Schengen—the agreement to abolish border controls within the EU—there is no euro, and without the euro there is no EU. Since there is no solidarity in the EU, then it’s better not to exert pressure, which only makes the failure of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty more obvious, but just count on “the willing.”

 

 

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