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EU at odds over refugee quotas

The EU wants to introduce a quota system for distributing refugees among its member states, but many countries oppose the move. Will Europe be able to agree on a new immigration policy?

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

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

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

Main focus of Friday, 26. June 2015

No refugees quotas

The system for distributing around 60,000 refugees among the EU states according to fixed quotas was rejected on Thursday. Above all Eastern European states opposed ... » more

Delo - Slovenia | Friday, 26. June 2015

Lacking solidarity endangers EU

By opposing refugee quotas, the countries of Eastern Europe in particular are forgetting their own history, the centre-left daily Delo comments: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Friday, 26. June 2015

No wonder no one wants to help Italy

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has accused the EU partners who opposed the introduction of a quota system of not showing solidarity. But Italy has only itself to blame for their reluctance to help, the liberal daily La Stampa contends: » more

Kainuun Sanomat - Finland | Friday, 26. June 2015

No one flees their country without having to

Helping people who risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean is the EU's duty, the liberal daily Kainuun Sanomat admonishes: » 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

Main focus of Thursday, 18. June 2015

Hungary plans fence against refugees

Hungary plans to close its borders to refugees trying to enter the country via Serbia by building a four-metre-high fence, Interior Minister Peter Szijártó announced ... » 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

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Wednesday, 17. June 2015

No refugee policy without solidarity

Only if the EU states show solidarity with each other can the refugee crisis be resolved, argues the centre-left daily De Volkskrant: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 16. June 2015

Eurosceptics put pressure on London

The fact that the British Home Secretary Theresa May also rejects the refugee quotas shows once again the extent to which the British government allows itself to be intimidated by Eurosceptics, the centre-left daily The Guardian comments: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Tuesday, 16. June 2015

Juncker must sell refugee quotas better

In the ongoing dispute over refugee quotas the EU interior ministers are meeting for talks in Brussels today, Tuesday. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is mainly to blame for the fact that the quota proposal has met with such resistance, the liberal business daily Hospodářské noviny writes: » more

Õhtuleht - Estonia | Thursday, 11. June 2015

Refugees: Estonians won't be persuaded

Tallinn has spoken out against Brussels' plans for refugee quotas but has said it would take in a certain number of refugees on a voluntary basis. The tabloid Õhtuleht doubts the government will be able to appease the citizens in this way: » more

Dennik N - Slovakia | Tuesday, 9. June 2015

Czechs and Slovaks out of the EU!

The Czech Republic and Slovakia are among the EU states that most vehemently reject refugee quotas. With their xenophobic attitude the two countries don't really belong in Europe, the liberal daily Dennik N complains: » more

Delfi - Estonia | Thursday, 4. June 2015

Estonia must show more solidarity with refugees

The EU Commission's plans for the introduction of refugee quotas have sparked a broad debate on the topic of refugees in Estonia. The country has not done enough to help and must support the quota system, writes Eero Janson, Chairman of the Estonian Refugee Council, on the website Delfi: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 2. June 2015

Javier Solana calls for resolute EU help for refugees

Europe must finally stop trying to avoid taking in refugees, the EU's former High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana warns in the centre-left daily El País: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 28. May 2015

Brussels presents refugee quotas

The European Commission firmed up its plans for refugee quotas on Wednesday. 40,000 people are to be transferred to other states from Greece and Italy. ... » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 28. May 2015

Prague's lack of solidarity on refugee issue

According to the EU Commission's proposal, the Czech Republic should take in just under two thousand refugees. But almost the entire political class in Prague vehemently rejects the idea, the conservative daily Lidové noviny laments: » more

Večer - Slovenia | Thursday, 28. May 2015

Slovenia can cope with a few hundred refugees

Slovenia would have to take in around 700 refugees according to the quota system. The liberal daily Večer sees this as doable: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Thursday, 28. May 2015

Eastern Europe's governments are short-sighted

The states of the EU are taking a far too short-sighted view of the refugee problem, the centre-right daily Die Presse criticises: » more

Õhtuleht - Estonia | Thursday, 28. May 2015

1000 refugees too much for Estonia

According to the European Commission's proposal Estonia would have to take in more than 1,000 refugees from the Mediterranean area in a year. The tabloid Õhtuleht fears that Estonian society is not ready for this influx: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Friday, 22. May 2015

EU refugee policy eroded by egotism

Egocentric sentiment is once more the order of the day in the EU, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino complains, and sees the European spirit sinking with the refugee boats in the Mediterranean: » more

Magyar Nemzet - Hungary | Wednesday, 20. May 2015

Orbán exploiting refugees to win votes

Viktor Orbán's conservative government has initiated an opinion poll on immigration and terrorism that has become the subject of fierce controversy because of the manipulative nature of the questions. In the eyes of the conservative daily Magyar Nemzet the government's stance on immigration is cynical: » more

Der Bund - Switzerland | Wednesday, 20. May 2015

Sealing off Europe is inhumane

The demand for Europe to shut its doors to refugees is inhumane and also naïve, the left-liberal daily Der Bund points out: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Tuesday, 19. May 2015

Stop mass immigration with force if need be

Most of those who want to cross the Mediterranean to Europe are not fleeing persecution but are economic refugees trying to escape poverty, the conservative daily Irish Independent argues, concluding that for that reason the EU should close its borders: » more

Heti Válasz - Hungary | Tuesday, 19. May 2015

Orbán's populism won't solve refugee problem

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called on Monday for the refugee camp in Debrecen in the east of the country to be closed, stressing that if it were up to his government no more refugees would be allowed into the country. Such statements are completely uncalled for, the conservative weekly paper Heti Válasz criticises: » more

Diena - Latvia | Tuesday, 19. May 2015

Latvia needs more immigration, not less

Whereas Latvia's politicians have spoken out against the quota system for refugees, the country is in fact suffering from the effects of emigration and shortage of labour, the liberal daily Diena comments: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 19. May 2015

Risk of bad compromise on refugee quotas

Spain's foreign minister José Manuel García Margallo has rejected the EU's plans for a quota system for distributing refugees among member states. Madrid had already done more than its fair share in helping asylum seekers, he said on Monday in Brussels. The EU's migration strategy threatens to fail, writes the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more

Právo - Czech Republic | Thursday, 14. May 2015

Key to solution lies outside Europe

The protest on the part of several EU countries against a quota system for refugees comes as no surprise for the left-leaning daily Právo: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, 15. May 2015

Quota alone won't work

The quotas proposed by the European Commission won't end the refugee catastrophe on the Mediterranean, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung warns: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 13. May 2015

Czech rejection of refugees pure hypocrisy

The EU Commission plans to explain today, Wednesday, how refugees are to be distributed across all 28 EU member states using a quota system. The scheme has met with heavy resistance in the Czech Republic and other countries. The liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny rejects criticism of the idea: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Wednesday, 13. May 2015

Poles must reject wacky refugee quota

The EU Commission will present its plans today for how Europe should react to the refugee boat crisis on the Mediterranean. The conservative daily Rzeczpospolita takes a dim view of the announced refugee quota system: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Tuesday, 12. May 2015

Quota system a fair solution

The EU's plan for a fairer distribution of refugees among member states deserves support, the Christian-social daily Trouw comments: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Tuesday, 12. May 2015

London forcing flexible refugee policy on EU

Britain has announced that it will reject all EU proposals for a quota system. Brussels won't antagonise London, the liberal daily La Stampa predicts: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 12. May 2015

Countries will not reach agreement

Even before Juncker has formally presented his plans there is already fierce opposition to them in the UK. Agreeing on a quota system will be a difficult process, the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung predicts: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 11. May 2015

EU needs quotas for refugees

The EU wants to introduce a quota system for distributing refugees in Europe. The left-liberal daily Der Standard welcomes the idea: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 30. April 2015

At last frank words in the migration crisis

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has criticised the EU leaders for not doing enough to solve the refugee crisis. The left-liberal daily Der Standard praises Juncker's clear words: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Wednesday, 29. April 2015

Juncker shows the will to reform

In his capacity as chief of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker is finally standing up to national leaders with his initiative, the public service broadcaster Deutschlandfunk notes approvingly: » more

Gazeta Polska Codziennie - Poland | Monday, 18. May 2015

EU mustn't make Poland bear colonial burdens

Individual members of the Polish government have voiced opposition to the proposed EU quota system for refugees and called instead for refugees to be taken in on a "voluntary" basis. However an official statement has yet to be released. Europe's ex-colonial powers are now called on to pay the price for their colonial past, the nationalist conservative daily Gazeta Polska Codziennie argues: » more

Newsweek Polska - Poland | Friday, 15. May 2015

Poland must also take in refugees

Poland is against a distribution key for asylum seekers within the EU. The liberal news magazine Newsweek Polska calls on Warsaw to change its attitude: » more

Diena - Latvia | Thursday, 7. May 2015

Latvia must take in migrants

The Latvian parliament on Thursday started a debate on whether to take in refugees. The country has yet to adopt a clear stance on the issue. The liberal daily Diena is not convinced by arguments against the move: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Wednesday, 6. May 2015

Europe must actively design refugee policy

Europe needs a more offensive refugee policy in view of the tragedies in the Mediterranean, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung urges: » more

Postimees - Estonia | Monday, 4. May 2015

Estonia must take in more refugees

Estonia's government is reluctant to take in further refugees under a system of proportional distribution within the EU. This is not only amoral but also short-sighted, columnist Ahto Lobjakas argues in the liberal daily Postimees: » more


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