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Fortifying Fortress Europe?

France is preventing migrants from entering the country via Italy, Hungary is closing its border with Serbia and the EU is planning military operations against people smugglers. Is closing its doors to newcomers Europe's only strategy now?

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Tuesday, 15. September 2015

Exodus to Europe: Croatia now in for problems

Hungarian border police closed the last gap in the border fence with Serbia on Monday. The liberal daily Jutarnji List believes it knows which route the refugees will take to Western Europe now: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Tuesday, 15. September 2015

Exodus to Europe: Border controls prevent deaths

Hungary's decision to completely close down its border fence with Serbia is good news, writes the conservative daily Die Welt, explaining that consistent controls like those at the Spanish-Moroccan EU external border prevent refugee tragedies: » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Wednesday, 2. September 2015

Schengen Agreement contradicts EU principles

The right to asylum is a basic right in the EU. Nevertheless Article 26a of the Schengen Agreement denies refugees legal entry, political scientist Klaus-Gerd Giesen explains in the liberal daily Le Temps, and calls for the article to be suspended: » more

Blog Mozgástér - Hungary | Thursday, 20. August 2015

EU leaving Hungary in the lurch on borders

The EU is leaving Hungary in the lurch when it comes to protecting its Schengen borders, political scientist Tamás Lánczi criticises on blog portal Mozgástér: » more

Main focus of Friday, 14. August 2015

Europe weighed down by refugee crisis

Every day more people are fleeing war and poverty and seeking asylum in Europe. The EU member states are at loggerheads over refugee quotas, the ... » more

El País - Spain | Friday, 14. August 2015

Our psyche is imprisoned in a golden cage

Europe is betraying its basic values and damaging its own psyche by sealing itself off from refugees, political scientist Fernando Vallespín writes in the centre-left daily El País: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Thursday, 13. August 2015

Europe must not be a fortress

The tendency of many European states to seal themselves off from refugees instead of helping them is shameful, columnist Martina Devlin writes in the conservative daily Irish Independent: » more

Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Thursday, 13. August 2015

Refugees are Europe's last hope

Politicians and society as a whole are plain stupid if they fail to see that the influx of refugees is a major opportunity for Europe, the Christian daily Salzburger Nachrichten explains: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 13. August 2015

Schengen Agreement tottering perilously

In view of the refugee crisis, the police and governing CDU politicians of the German state of Saxony called in interviews on Tuesday for the reintroduction of controls on Europe's inner borders. The conservative daily Lidové noviny takes a worried view of the statements: » more

Daily Mail - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 11. August 2015

Development aid drives refugees to Europe

Several members of the British government have stated recently that by deploying effective development aid the West can decrease migration from Africa and Asia on the long term. But the opposite is the case, the conservative tabloid The Daily Mail counters: » more

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Tuesday, 11. August 2015

No one curbing British refugee-baiting

British employers who hire refugees without residence permits will face heavy fines in future, Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said on Monday. The smear campaign against refugees is taking on threatening proportions, the centre-left daily El Periódico de Catalunya warns: » more

Blog David McWilliams - Ireland | Monday, 10. August 2015

Fear of immigrants is understandable

In many European countries parts of the population are opposed to the influx of refugees. It is understandable that poorer people feel threatened by immigration, writes economist David McWilliams in his blog: » more

Südostschweiz - Switzerland | Friday, 7. August 2015

Refugee debate just a source of sadness

Italy's coast guard service rescued more than 1,000 refugees in the Mediterranean on the weekend. The liberal daily Südostschweiz calls for an end to the populist scaremongering in Europe: » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Friday, 7. August 2015

Europe must open another door to migrants

In response to the refugee crisis Europe can do more than it perhaps thinks, stresses the centre-left daily De Morgen: » more

Bild - Germany | Thursday, 6. August 2015

Legal migration can stop deaths at sea

Another boat apparently carrying over 600 refugees capsized off the coast of Libya on Wednesday. If Europe doesn't finally do something about the refugee crisis ... » more

Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Tuesday, 4. August 2015

EU cannot stop refugees with walls

The restrictive measures against refugees expose the EU's failure to recognise the strategic importance of Southern European countries, criticises the liberal business daily Jornal de Negócios: » more

Zeit Online - Germany | Tuesday, 4. August 2015

Theo Sommer calls for new Africa policy in refugee crisis

Journalist Theo Sommer calls for a rethink of European refugee and Africa policy in view of a recent UN world population report which predicts that the population of Africa will have almost quadrupled by 2100. Tracker dogs and barbed wire cannot be the solution, he explains on the liberal news website Zeit Online: » more

Main focus of Monday, 3. August 2015

London and Paris crack down on refugees

In reaction to attempts by thousands of refugees to enter the UK via the Channel Tunnel France's government has ordered more police to be deployed ... » more

Le Monde - France | Monday, 3. August 2015

Paris left in the lurch with refugees

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and his British counterpart Theresa May published an announcement on Sunday stating that the fight against illegal immigration was a joint priority. But in reality Britain is shifting the responsibility onto France, the centre-left daily Le Monde criticises: » more

Phileleftheros - Cyprus | Saturday, 1. August 2015

London and Paris have failed on refugee crisis

The restrictive measures against refugees at the Channel Tunnel only highlight the extent to which the EU has failed in dealing with the refugee crisis, criticises the liberal daily Phileleftheros: » more

Stuttgarter Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 3. August 2015

Cameron gives amunition to asylum opponents

Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans on Friday to reinforce the British side of the Channel Tunnel with fences and tracker dogs. The liberal daily Stuttgarter Zeitung warns that such announcements are grist to the mill of asylum opponents: » more

Právo - Czech Republic | Monday, 3. August 2015

Don't sacrifice welfare state for refugees

Germany's social welfare system acts like a magnet for refugees from the Mediterranean area, the Czech Republic's social democratic Minister of the Interior Milan Chovanec said on Friday, and called for it to be revised. The leftist daily Právo warns against axing welfare benefits because of refugees: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Saturday, 1. August 2015

Britain should help, not seal itself off

Only stronger support for the EU countries who are the first to take in refugees will solve Britain's problem with illegal immigrats in the long term, warns the centre-left daily The Independent: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Tuesday, 28. July 2015

German immigration law would benefit Balkans

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees in Germany is calling for more Balkan countries to be declared safe countries of origin - in the hope that this might stem emigration from the region. The centre-left Frankfurter Rundschau doubts that this would work: » more

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Sunday, 26. July 2015

EU's policy won't stop refugees

A growing number of refugees are reaching the Greek islands of Kos and Lesbos via the Turkish port city of Bodrum, the centre-left daily El Periódico de Catalunya reports, seeing this as proof of the ineffectiveness of European immigration policy: » more

Politiken - Denmark | Sunday, 26. July 2015

Danish government bowing to xenophobics

Denmark's liberal minority government, which is supported by the right-wing Danish People's Party, wants to publish articles in foreign newspapers informing about planned cuts in benefits for refugees. The declared goal is to deter migrants from travelling to Denmark to apply for asylum. An embarrassing campaign, the centre-left daily Politiken comments: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 23. July 2015

EU agrees to distribute 55,000 refugees

The EU states have agreed to take in 55.000 refugees who are currently located in Italy and Greece. The EU Commission originally proposed obligatory quotas ... » more

Postimees - Estonia | Thursday, 23. July 2015

States to prepare communities for refugees

In Estonia the social and interior ministers visited several of the country's cities and communities on Tuesday to explain how the 150 refugees that Estonia has agreed to take in will be accommodated. The liberal daily Postimees says this is a good first step: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Thursday, 23. July 2015

Integration starts at neighbourhood level

Several people in Italy were injured in violent protests on the weekend against plans to take in refugees. Giovanna Zincone, president of the Forum of International and European Research on Migration, explains in the liberal daily La Stampa how the US community building model can aid the successful integration of the refugees: » more

NaTemat - Poland | Thursday, 23. July 2015

Muslim migrants can be dangerous

In the Polish refugee debate there are a number of voices arguing that the country should take in only Christian refugees. The idea has the support of Jacek Tabisz, chairman of the Polish Humanist Association PSR, who writes in his blog on the liberal portal naTemat: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Wednesday, 22. July 2015

Refugee compromise a small breakthrough

The centre-left daily De Volkskrant takes a look at the compromise reached by the EU member states on the distribution of 55,000 refugees: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Monday, 20. July 2015

EU not a community with shared values

At their meeting in Brussels on Monday the EU interior ministers were once again unable to agree on how to distribute among the individual EU member states the 60,000 refugees currently in Italy and Greece. Places will be found for just 55,000 of them. The refugee debate again highlights the true nature of the EU, criticises public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 20. July 2015

Asylum policy: Bavaria following Hungary's example

Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer announced at the weekend that his federal state would in future meet only minimum standards for admitting asylum seekers. This hard line against refugees is highly dangerous, criticises the centre-left Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more

Newsweek Polska - Poland | Monday, 20. July 2015

Poles ever more overtly racist

Poland's social networks are currently discussing the government's promise to its EU partners to take in 2000 refugees. A third of the comments on Facebook on the issue are insults, notes the liberal magazine Newsweek Polska, concerned at such an open display of xenophobia: » more

Upsala Nya Tidning - Sweden | Wednesday, 15. July 2015

Border fence a disgrace for the EU

Hungary started building a fence on its border with Serbia on Tuesday to prevent refugees from entering the country. This inhumane barricade is becoming a symbol for Hungary's distancing itself from Europe, the liberal daily Upsala Nya Tidning complains: » more

Kettős Mérce - Hungary | Tuesday, 14. July 2015

Who should take action against Hungary's fence?

Hungarian left-wing parties are appealing to the governments of EU member states to take action against the Orbán government's immigration policy. But they are asking the wrong people for help, writes blogger Réka Kinga Papp on the blog portal Kettős Mérce: » more

Público - Portugal | Wednesday, 8. July 2015

EU leaving refugees in the lurch in the Balkans

In its latest report published on Tuesday the human rights organisation Amnesty International lambastes the catastrophic situation in which transit refugees find themselves in the Western Balkans. The EU must finally intervene, the liberal daily Público demands: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 8. July 2015

Orbán holds up a mirror to EU asylum policy

The Hungarian parliament decided to toughen its already stringent asylum law on Monday, approving the construction of a fence along the border with Serbia. But as long as refugee policy remains a national affair in Europe, the Hungarians will be able to feel justified in taking such measures, the centre-left Süddeutsche Zeitung writes: » more

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Monday, 6. July 2015

Estonia's government afraid of refugee issue

In the city of Vao in northeast Estonia the municipal authorities evacuated a refugee camp on Saturday because of a protest ride by around 360 bikers against enlargements to the camp. The liberal daily Eesti Päevaleht finds this symbolic of the government's asylum policy: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 25. June 2015

Hungary's stance on refugees understandable

After severe criticism from the EU, Hungary has qualified its plans to suspend the Dublin Agreement. Refugees that are sent back to Hungary from another EU country are to be allowed to return. The conservative daily Lidové noviny shows a certain understanding for Budapest's attitude: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Thursday, 25. June 2015

Europe betraying its principles in the crisis

Ahead of this Thursday's EU summit in Brussels Hungary's government has threatened to abandon the Dublin Regulation according to which refugees are returned to the country where they entered the EU. French police are currently preventing migrants from entering France via Italy. The conservative daily Die Presse warns that this could mean the end for key projects of the European Union: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Tuesday, 23. June 2015

Wonderful solidarity with refugees in Poland

In a declaration issued on Friday, the Polish Episcopal Conference called for Poland to take in refugees independently of their religion. The TV journalist Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska is full of praise in a guest commentary for the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 22. June 2015

Switzerland must not shut out refugees

Ever since France closed its border to refugees trying to cross it from Italy, more and more migrants are trying to head north via Switzerland. The president of the government of Tessin canton is now calling for its borders also to be closed. The centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger opposes the idea: » more

Magyar Hírlap - Hungary | Sunday, 21. June 2015

Zsolt Bayer on the refugee drama as a remedy for the West

The refugees' plight could finally bring the West to the realisation that its decadent way of life will be its demise, the right-wing columnist Zsolt Bayer comments in the conservative daily Magyar Hírlap: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 19. June 2015

Europe's refugee drama self-inflicted

A total of 60 million people - more than ever before - are fleeing their homes and seeking refuge elsewhere, according to the most recently published annual report of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. These statistics prompt the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore to harshly criticise Europe: » more - Czech Republic | Thursday, 18. June 2015

Stop taking in refugees

It is both wrong and dangerous for Europe to take in refugees, writes the director of Prague's Václav-Klaus Institute, Jiří Weigl, in a commentary for the news website » more

Pravda - Slovakia | Thursday, 18. June 2015

Europe must protect its borders

The Schengen Area can only function if its external borders are protected, the left-leaning daily Pravda comments with an eye to Hungary's plans to erect a border fence to keep out refugees from Serbia: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Tuesday, 16. June 2015

Time to overcome national egoism

The EU member states must finally overcome their national egoism, the liberal daily Le Soir urges in view of the debate about refugee quotas: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Wednesday, 17. June 2015

Europe selling weapons and its soul

Only weapons and not people are being allowed to cross borders now, writes the centre-left daily La Repubblica, incensed: » more

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Tuesday, 16. June 2015

Refugee dispute could tear up EU

French police officers have prevented refugees from entering France from Italy in recent days. The refugee problem is dividing the EU, the centre-left daily El Periódico de Catalunya warns: » more


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