2016 February 03 Wednesday
EU Shameless: Blames Greece For Refugee Crisis

Guess which of Greece's borders the EU is talking about: EU gives Greece warning to fix border 'neglect' and EU exerts pressure on Greece via Schengen threat and EU urges Greece to take steps to tighten bloc's border and this EU call to more tightly control Greece's border:

“Greece is seriously neglecting its obligations and there are serious deficiencies in the carrying out of external border controls that must be overcome and dealt with by the Greek authorities.”

By external borders you might think the EU is referring to Greece's border with Turkey. After all, that's where the refugees (called forth by Germany chancellor Angela Merkel) come from. Nope. The EU wants Greece to stop the flow of refugees out of Greece northward!

Only the Dutch are being practical: Dutch suggest EU sends migrants heading to Greece back to Turkey.

Think about it. The leader of the most powerful state in the European Union makes statements that cause a stampede of people to head from the Middle East and Africa to the EU. Poor Greece is overrun and told it can't stop refugees from entering from Turkey. Angela Merkel makes like her position is high moral principle as well as a boon for the entire EU. But now the EU is threatening to kick Greece out of the Schengen area unless Greece bottles up migrants in Greece so they can't make it to Germany.

Really, think about it.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2016 February 03 10:07 PM 


Comments
Jim said at February 4, 2016 11:55 AM:

The total population of Greece is only about 11 million.

Black Death said at February 5, 2016 8:08 AM:

About 40% of Germans want Merkel to resign over the refugee issue. I've never been quite sure about what she's doing, and now I think she doesn't know either.

Oswaldo Reyh said at February 5, 2016 12:53 PM:

The important thing is that she feels good about herself.

Dan Bablinskas said at February 8, 2016 11:29 AM:

Germany is the vampire of Europe. Which makes one wonder -- hasn't a split up Germany always been better for the West? A united Germany ruins the balance of power in Europe. It seems as if each time it manages to reunify it causes all sorts of problems for the rest of Europe by dominating it one way or another. Maybe from a realpolitik stance, Europe should seek a divided Germany again. (Even the Germans would probably benefit from this.) Not sure how that would pan out though.

Dan Bablinskas said at February 8, 2016 11:30 AM:

Germany is the vampire of Europe. Which makes one wonder -- hasn't a split up Germany always been better for the West? A united Germany ruins the balance of power in Europe. It seems as if each time it manages to reunify it causes all sorts of problems for the rest of Europe by dominating it one way or another. Perhaps from a realpolitik stance, Europe should seek a divided Germany again. (Even the Germans would probably benefit from this.)


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