Dealing with the refugee crisis has proved to be an insurmountable task for Europe, due to the apparent lack of a coherent immigration policy and political indecisiveness. Europe’s cohesion comes out shaken as a result, EURACTIV.gr reports. Poor reception infrastructure, and difficulties caused by a bureaucracy unable to meet the basic needs of the refugees have lead to overpopulation – and Aegean islands are a prime example. The direct outcome is an unprecedented emergency situation. “In recent years, migratory flows have intensified, posing a challenge for MEPs and every citizen of the EU, as the Dublin Regulation has proved inadequate and ineffective in practice, accumulating crowds of immigrants and problems on European coasts,” Greek MEP Eva Kaili (S&D) told EURACTIV. “We are a union of 28 member states and, as is the case today, those who guard the borders of Europe in the Mediterranean and the Aegean, such as Greece, bear the greatest … [Read more...] about The EU’s refugee crisis: Effective handling or botched up policy?
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Seventy years ago, in the aftermath of the total destruction that the unleashing of rabid nationalism brought to Europe, a group of visionary men came together with an idea of uniting European countries. At the helm of this project was a circle of influential Christian Democrats, including Italian prime minister and anti-fascist politician Alcide De Gasperi and French politician Robert Schuman, who became the first president of the European Parliamentary Assembly. Today, the European People's Party (EPP) is the ideological heir of this influential group. With 219 members, it is currently the largestpolitical force in the European Parliament and de facto leads the other two main EU institutions, holding the presidency of the Commission and the Council. It is not an exaggeration to say that today the EPP is leading the EU, just as its predecessor were in its dawn. The EPP has expressed its commitment to the vision and principles upheld by the EU's Founding Fathers, who laid … [Read more...] about The hypocrisy of the European People’s Party
Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron called for reforms that will bolster European unity amidst an evident political crisis. Macron urged for a proper political debate as the EU walks towards is first European elections since the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016. Macron urged for a European programme that would fund local communities and help integrate refugees. it’s time for European leaders to “listen to the anger” and defend the EU model, Macron argued. Commenting on recent electoral results in Hungary and Italy, Macron called for a defense of European democracy, making the case that “the answer is not authoritarian democracy, but the authority of democracy.” Macron asked EU leaders to defend the “unique” EU model of democracy and quit blaming Brussels for national policy failures. Reflecting on the widening gap between Europe and the United States, Macron regretted the fact that … [Read more...] about Macron in Strasbourg insists on reforms that will defend the “European model”
Development aid to countries in the Global South stagnated in 2017, according to new figures published by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) on Monday (9 April). It also showed a declining share of aid spent on refugees. The annual report by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) at the Paris-based thinktank put the total of foreign aid from official donors at $146.6 billion in 2017, a fall of 0.6% in real terms from a year earlier. In total, aid from the 20 EU countries fell by 1.2% to $82.7 billion in 2017, representing 0.49% of their combined gross national income (GNI). For their part, net disbursements by the EU institutions fell by 6.7% in real terms to $16.5 billion. For many European countries, the drop in their net ODA spending was merely the result of lower in-donor refugee costs reported in 2017, a sign that the impact of the refugee crisis on European countries began to recede in 2017, after peaking in 2015 and 2016. DAC countries reported … [Read more...] about EU aid spending slumps as refugee crisis recedes
New measures introduced by EU states, notably Italy, are focusing on reducing the numbers of people crossing the Mediterranean rather than on saving lives. Sabrina Tucci reports. By Sabrina Tucci As the world faces the biggest global migration crisis since World War II, the EU and its member states are deploying vast resources to prevent the arrival of refugees and migrants to Europe. After successfully closing down key migration routes — the Western Mediterranean route from Morocco and Senegal to Spain, the Aegean route from Turkey to Greece, and the Balkan route from Greece to Germany— EU governments are now looking at the Central Mediterranean route, with Libya the main point of departure and Italy the point of arrival for many of those hoping to start a new life. The Central Mediterranean route is the most dangerous route in the world; 2,158 deaths have been recorded between January and June this year by the International Organization for … [Read more...] about The EU’s approach to the Mediterranean migration crisis is costing lives