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Die Presse - Austria | Thursday, May 28, 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: "Anyone who thinks a step or two further on this issue - and that's exactly what even those Eastern European countries that are now opposing the distribution of refugees should be doing - should keep an eye on political developments in Ukraine and other former Soviet republics. What if war spreads there and millions of people flee these countries in the direction of the EU? Then Poland, Slovakia and Hungary will suddenly be overrun by a flood of refugees and demand the selfsame solidarity that they are now refusing to give. Today many are saying the EU shouldn't get too involved in this region. Perhaps they will then say the EU has done too little to bring peace there."

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