By: Steve Dellar | 06-28-2018 | News
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EU - President Juncker At Start Of Migration Summit: “The Cracks Are Widening”

Today in Brussels all political leaders of the 28 member union will gather for a two day summit which will discuss two key issues: the new relationship of the EU with the United States under its leadership of President Donald Trump and, more importantly, the widening divide between its member states on how to handle the topic of illegal immigration.

Although the US may have overtaken Germany as the number one country where illegal immigrants want to end up, Europe as a whole still received immigrants (mostly from Africa and the Middle East) in greater numbers in the past few years. Many voters have voiced their dissatisfaction over the EU’s policy on this topic in recent elections.

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EU Commission President Mr Jean-Claude Juncker warned at the start of the summit that "the fragility of the EU is increasing. The cracks are growing in size."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“Engineered panic and fearmongering by European politicians over migration is steering the EU toward very dangerous waters.”<br>Brussels summit is likely to be a critical moment for development of <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EU</a> migration policy.<a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Human Rights Watch (@hrw) <a href="">June 28, 2018</a></blockquote>

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What he is pointing at is the growing dissatisfaction with the immigration plan set forth by German Chancellor Ms Angela Merkel in 2015 to ‘open the borders’ in view of the large stream of migrants trying to escape the then battlefields of Syria and Iraq. With both those countries now being relatively safe again, and after a refusal by many of the Balkan countries to let immigrants in, Ms Merkel held steadfast and refused to budge, resulting in a devastating loss at the polls for her party in Germany’s election last year.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">informal working meeting on <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#migration</a>: Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel and EC President, Jean-Claude Juncker <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MigrationEU</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; EcoDev EU 🇪🇺 (@EcoDev5) <a href="">June 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Now, with a populist government in Italy keen on refusing migrant ships coming in from Libya, Austria having elected a young Prime Minister who chooses to govern with the far right and the Visegrad group of countries (Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) refusing to let any migrants in anymore, Ms Merkel is under pressure (even from within her own ranks) to come up with a counter plan.

Her own influential Interior Minister, Mr Horst Seehofer, said it in no uncertain terms: "By the end of this Brussels summit, you need to come home with a workable pan-European solution to stop irregular migrants bleeding into Germany. Or I will unilaterally slam Germany's borders shut."

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The chairman of European Union leaders’ talks, Mr Donald Tusk, explained best what is at stake today and tomorrow: “More and more people are starting to believe that only strong-handed authority, anti-European and anti-liberal in spirit, with a tendency toward overt authoritarianism, is capable of stopping the wave of illegal migration.”

“If people believe them, that only they can offer an effective solution to the migration crisis, they will also believe anything else they say. The stakes are very high. And time is short.”


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Anonymous No. 29943 2018-06-28 : 11:43

The cracks are widening and will soon make this whole dystopian attempt at a superstate crash and burn

The EU will go down in history as a mistake

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