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EU states distribute refugees

Following failed talks on a quota system the EU states have agreed to distribute just under 55,000 refugees among themselves on a voluntary basis. What is the media reaction in the individual countries?

Dennik N - Slovakia | Thursday, 3. December 2015

Exodus to Europe: EU letting Fico become a second Orbán

Slovakia filed a lawsuit at the European Court of Justice on Wednesday against the EU's decision on the distribution of refugees. The only reason Prime Minister Robert Fico has the courage for this rebellion is because Europe allows his even more unruly Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán to get away with anything he wants, the liberal daily Dennik N believes: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 23. September 2015

Refugee distribution by majority decision

The interior ministers of the EU pushed through on Tuesday the distribution of 120,000 refugees among member states against the votes of the Czech Republic, ... » more

La Stampa - Italy | Wednesday, 23. September 2015

EU opts for division

The decision reached by the EU interior ministers is understandable in view of the refugee crisis but it puts the entire Union at stake, the liberal daily La Stampa warns: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Wednesday, 23. September 2015

Czech Republic can cope with refugees

Prague only has itself to blame for its defeat at the meeting of the EU interior ministers, the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny believes: » more

Zeit Online - Germany | Tuesday, 22. September 2015

A first step towards a common EU asylum policy

An agreement on the distribution of the 120,000 refugees is the first test on the path to a common EU asylum and immigration policy, comments the liberal website Zeit Online: » more

România Liberâ - Romania | Monday, 14. September 2015

Last-minute agreement still on the cards

The heads of state and government may yet reach an agreement on refugee policy, the daily România Liberă hopes: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 2. September 2015

Germany bossing others around in refugee debate

Germany's hegemonic ambitions are becoming increasingly clear in the country's criticism of Eastern European positions on the refugee crisis, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes in dismay: » more

Sega - Bulgaria | Wednesday, 12. August 2015

Bulgaria only a pitstop for refugees

According to figures published by its State Refugee Agency, Bulgaria is due to take in 10,000 refugees by the end of 2105. The majority of them will not stay in Bulgaria however, because the comparatively poor economic situation will spare the EU state from a serious refugee problem, the daily Sega comments: » more

24 Sata - Croatia | Monday, 10. August 2015

Croatia generously taking in refugees

While the big EU countries are squabbling about the distribution of refugees Croatia is generously taking in more than its fair share, the conservative tabloid 24 Sata stresses: » more

Neatkarīgā - Latvia | Thursday, 6. August 2015

Let Ukrainians come to Latvia, not Africans

Around 1,000 members of the National Alliance party in Latvia's coalition government, and other right-wing groups protested in Riga on Tuesday against the country's plans to take in refugees. The government agreed in July to take in 250 asylum seekers on a voluntary basis. The national conservative daily Neatkarīgā sides with the demonstrators: » more

Blog Mozgástér - Hungary | Tuesday, 28. July 2015

Hungary sees itself as guardian of the West

Hungary hopes to complete construction of its controversial fence on its border with Serbia by the end of August. With the wave of refugees coming to Europe the country feels thrown back to its traditional role as guardian of the West, political scientist Tamás Lánczi comments in the blog portal Mozgástér: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 29. July 2015

Zeman plays off refugees against children

The Czech Republic's president Miloš Zeman on Tuesday expressed incomprehension at the state's ability to find money for refugees but not for the debt-ridden institutions where children in need are temporarily housed. The conservative daily Lidové noviny accuses the head of state of fuelling xenophobia: » 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

Neatkarīgā - Latvia | Friday, 24. July 2015

Refugees won't stay in Latvia anyway

Latvia's government has agreed that the country will take in 250 refugees over two years, but recent polls are saying that the majority of the population is against the idea. It's not as if the refugees will want to stay anyway, writes the national conservative daily Neatkarīgā: » 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

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 - Hungary | Wednesday, 22. July 2015

State hate propaganda fuels violence

Against the backdrop of the Hungarian government's poster campaign against refugees, journalist Péter Erdélyi on news website 444 points to a Harvard study that draws a connection between state propaganda and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda: » 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

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


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