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Europe at odds over refugees


Vast numbers of people leave their home countries for Europe in search of a better life each year. However the EU states are at odds about how to deal with the refugees and are trying to shift the burden of responsibility on to each other's shoulders, writes the press.



Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Friday, 13. May 2011

Europe's hysteria over border controls

On Denmark's initiative 15 of 27 EU interior ministers approved a revision of the Schengen Agreement on Thursday in Brussels. The conservative daily Jyllands-Posten finds the criticism of the reintroduction of border controls somewhat hysterical: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 12. May 2011

Europe's friends are cowards

Denmark plans to reintroduce controls on its borders with Germany and Sweden despite the Schengen Agreement. There are plenty of supporters of the European idea living in Denmark, notes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, but they're just too cowardly: » more


Libération - France | Thursday, 12. May 2011

Defend the right to free movement

France is already carrying out controls on its border with Italy to prevent large numbers of North African refugees from crossing into the country. Such controls must remain an exception in the Schengen Area, writes EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding in the left-liberal daily Libération: » more


Postimees - Estonia | Thursday, 12. May 2011

Europeans long for parochialism

The daily Postimees criticises the new border controls in Europe and the trend to provincialism: » more


Sme - Slovakia | Thursday, 12. May 2011

Don't sacrifice Schengen

Calls from Italy and France, among other countries, for a limitation of freedom of movement because of the refugees from North Africa are out of place, writes the liberal daily Sme: » more


Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Friday, 13. May 2011

Europe's hysteria over border controls

On Denmark's initiative 15 of 27 EU interior ministers approved a revision of the Schengen Agreement on Thursday in Brussels. The conservative daily Jyllands-Posten finds the criticism of the reintroduction of border controls somewhat hysterical: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 12. May 2011

Europe's friends are cowards

Denmark plans to reintroduce controls on its borders with Germany and Sweden despite the Schengen Agreement. There are plenty of supporters of the European idea living in Denmark, notes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, but they're just too cowardly: » more


Sme - Slovakia | Thursday, 12. May 2011

Don't sacrifice Schengen

Calls from Italy and France, among other countries, for a limitation of freedom of movement because of the refugees from North Africa are out of place, writes the liberal daily Sme: » more


Libération - France | Thursday, 12. May 2011

Defend the right to free movement

France is already carrying out controls on its border with Italy to prevent large numbers of North African refugees from crossing into the country. Such controls must remain an exception in the Schengen Area, writes EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding in the left-liberal daily Libération: » more


Postimees - Estonia | Thursday, 12. May 2011

Europeans long for parochialism

The daily Postimees criticises the new border controls in Europe and the trend to provincialism: » more


Correio da Manhã - Portugal | Sunday, 8. May 2011

José Alberto Loureiro dos Santos on Europe's crumbling solidarity

For a long time the EU was considered a model of solidarity among states, writes Alberto Loureiro dos Santos in the tabloid Correio da Manhã, but he sees that cohesion under threat in the present circumstances: » more


Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Thursday, 5. May 2011

Malmström defends Schengen

The EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström on Wednesday presented her proposals for immigration in the EU, to be discussed by EU interior and justice ministers next Thursday. The liberal daily Dagens Nyheter has nothing but praise for her ideas: » more


The Irish Times - Ireland | Wednesday, 4. May 2011

Defend Schengen Agreement

EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström will present her plans for EU refugee policy today. In the dispute over how to deal with Tunisian refugees French President Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi had demanded border controls within the Schengen Area. The liberal conservative daily The Irish Times calls on politicians to respect the Schengen Agreement: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Sunday, 1. May 2011

Self-assured refugees a test for EU

The European Court of Justice has deprived Italy of the right to detain illegal immigrants if they resist deportation. The left-liberal daily La Repubblica welcomes the ruling and sees the new self-assurance of the refugees as a chance for Europe to make progress: » more


La Razón - Spain | Wednesday, 27. April 2011

Tackling migration together

The EU refugee crisis presents an opportunity to finally resolve a conflict that has been simmering for years, writes the daily La Razón on France and Italy's plans to reform the Schengen agreement: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 27. April 2011

Free circulation threatened in EU

Italy and France's demands that the Schengen Agreement be amended pose a threat to the EU in the eyes of the left-liberal daily Der Standard: » more


Ouest France - France | Wednesday, 27. April 2011

Danger for European integration

The plans of Italy and France to reform the Schengen Agreement threaten European integration, writes the daily Ouest France: » more


Libération - France | Tuesday, 26. April 2011

Hands off the Schengen Agreement

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French President Nicholas Sarkozy meet today in Rome to discuss a reform of the Schengen Agreement in view of the flood of refugees from North Africa. But reintroducing border controls would only play into the hands of anti-European forces, warns the left-liberal daily Libération: » more


Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Wednesday, 20. April 2011

Dominic Johnson on Europe's crisis of meaning

The European vision of the creation of a common will for the common good has proved a failure, writes Dominic Johnson in the left-leaning daily die tageszeitung, the most recent proof of this being the success of the right-wing populist True Finns in their opposition to the EU bailout package: » more


De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Tuesday, 19. April 2011

Wave of refugees not just Italy's problem

The Schengen agreement has come under pressure after Italy handed out temporary visas to Tunisian refugees. France has already sent back a train carrying Tunisians and other European countries have announced tough action too. But the exodus of Tunisians is not a problem Italy should be left to deal with on its own, the daily De Volkskrant warns: » more


El País - Spain | Monday, 18. April 2011

Sarkozy's refugee policy raises EU doubts

French authorities temporarily blocked trains from Italy on Sunday in a bid to prevent Tunisian immigrants who have been granted temporary Shengen visas by Italy from entering the country. French President Sarkozy is on a cheap quest for votes which casts doubt on the very foundations of the EU, the left-liberal daily El País warns: » more


Delo - Slovenia | Tuesday, 12. April 2011

EU leaves Italy in the lurch

At their summit meeting on Monday the EU interior ministers refused to provide direct help for accommodating the many refugees from North Africa. Rome's plan to grant tourist visas to illegal immigrants met with heavy criticism. The daily Delo counters that there's no need for panic: » more


Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Monday, 11. April 2011

Lacking solidarity

The German state of Bavaria wants to prevent refugees from Tunisia from entering the country via the German-Austrian border, if necessary by ramping up control measures. The Christian-liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten criticises the lacking solidarity among the EU member states when it comes to refugees: » more


El País - Spain | Monday, 11. April 2011

Guarantee speedy return

In view of the wave of immigrants from North Africa the interior ministers of the 27 EU states are meeting today to discuss a joint approach. The refugees must be justly distributed among the member states, writes the left-liberal daily El País: » more


Público - Portugal | Sunday, 10. April 2011

Inhumane treatment

Italy plans to issue temporary visas to thousands of Tunisians, enabling them to travel to all the countries of the Schengen area. But this approach won't solve the refugee problem, writes the daily Público: » more


Trouw - Netherlands | Thursday, 7. April 2011

Europe must act on refugee crisis

An overfilled refugee boat from Libya sank on Wednesday off the Italian island Lampedusa. Twenty corpses have been found and up to 250 people are reported to be missing. It is time for Europe to take action in this refugee crisis, writes the daily Trouw: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 23. March 2011

Flood of refugees bearing down on Europe

Roughly 6,000 refugees from North Africa, primarily Tunisia, are currently on the small Italian Mediterranean island of Lampedusa. Europe is paying the price for having based its strategy for illegal immigrants above all on agreements with the Libyan dictator Gaddafi, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more


Respekt - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 1. March 2011

Solution for refugees doubtful

Numerous foreign ministers were preoccupied with the situation in Libya at Monday's meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the liberal weekly Respekt notes: » more


Die Presse - Austria | Thursday, 24. February 2011

Only themselves to blame for migrant problems

The collapse of public order in Libya is stoking fears of a new stream of immigrants from Africa. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini reckons with between 200,000 and 300,000 extra migrants. Yet Europe itself is partially to blame for this scenario, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes: » more


Avvenire - Italy | Thursday, 24. February 2011

EU needs proper foreign policy

The US and Europe condemn the violence in Libya but they are still reluctant to impose sanctions. The international community cannot remain inactive, the Catholic daily Avvenire warns: » more


De Groene Amsterdammer - Netherlands | Thursday, 17. February 2011

Henk A. Hofland warns of inactivity regarding Arab world

After the fall of the Tunisian and Egyptian presidents protests have also mounted against authoritarian governments in other Arab countries. The West must no longer remain passive, warns columnist Henk A. Hofland in the left-wing weekly De Groene Amsterdammer: » more


Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 16. February 2011

Unexpected help from Lampedusa

Silvio Berlusconi may just be able to escape the long arm of justice this time too, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung suspects commenting on the sex trial against Italy's prime minister: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Tuesday, 15. February 2011

EU lacks common migration policy

German chancellor Angela Merkel has refused to take in the Tunisian refugees who landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa. This highlights the EU's lack of a common immigration policy, the liberal daily La Stampa complains: » more


Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 15. February 2011

More solidarity with the South

The EU must show solidarity with the Southern European countries where the refugees are landing, writes the left-liberal daily Der Standard with an eye to the arrival of thousands of Tunisian refugees on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa: » more


La Stampa - Italy | Tuesday, 15. February 2011

EU lacks common migration policy

German chancellor Angela Merkel has refused to take in the Tunisian refugees who landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa. This highlights the EU's lack of a common immigration policy, the liberal daily La Stampa complains: » more


Bild - Germany | Tuesday, 15. February 2011

Help for North Africa needed

Commenting on the flood of Tunisian refugees on the Italian island Lampedusa, the tabloid Bild calls on the West to provide financial support for the countries of North Africa: » more


La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 14. February 2011

Rome's hand in Tunisians' flight

Several thousand people have landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa in recent days as a result of the toppling of the Tunisian regime. Rome shares part of the blame for the situation because of its questionable agreement with Libya on illegal immigration, writes the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more

 

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