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Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Monday, August 17, 2015

Europe must address refugee problem in Balkans

If Europe wants to improve conditions in refugees' countries of origin it can start in its own backyard, the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny writes: "The Roma, for example, have no chance of a dignified life and are victimised merely because they're Roma. When a Roma mother says there's no chance of Roma and Albanian children playing together even in the long term, it says more than all the EU Commission reports put together. The EU will have a hard time taking swift and effective action in Africa or Syria. But in the Balkans it can do just that. Because the Balkan states are either EU members - like Romania - or they're moving closer to the EU, like Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. ... President Zeman says help must be provided in the refugees' countries of origin. There's no need to look as far as Africa to do that."

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