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Dangerous precedent

The EU must not give in to countries that have boycotted the refugee-sharing policy and now declare it unsuccessful

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Dangerous precedent

Two years after migration crisis erupted, management of asylum not only continues to divide Europe but has become a litmus test of its internal cohesion. It depends on how you solve this challenge, you can sit a disastrous precedent. The summit of Heads of State and government began on Thursday under syndrome of discomfort created by previous letter of President of European Council, Polish Donald Tusk, in which he affirmed that policy of compulsory quotas for distribution of refugees agreed He had failed and advocated for burying her and addressing a new approach based on voluntary.

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Tusk was thus aligned with one of two positions that exist: that of bloc led by Germany, which demands a solidarity response between all countries, and that of group of Visegrad (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic) who are willing to pay, but in To welcome refugees, which reveals xenophobic root of this approach. In a defiant gesture, four countries announced before Summit a joint donation of 35 million euros to help contain immigration in Libya, but remained adamant in ir rejection of agreed refugee quotas.

No one escapes perversity of this position: it is precisely countries that proclaim failure of quota policy which, with ir refusal to comply with agreement, have made it fail. From now on, any decision will be at risk: two or three countries should agree to fail to comply in order to be able to demand ir repeal later on grounds that it has failed. Such a precedent would seriously erode decision-making mechanisms. That is why German chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and or leaders insisted, quite rightly, that refugee problem is not a question of checkbooks, but of solidarity, both external and internal. The heads of state have been given a six-month period to find a way out that should be no or than birth of a common asylum policy binding on all.

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