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Novi list - Croatia | Friday, August 28, 2015

EU lacks solidarity as a fundamental value

Disappointment at the EU's lack of solidarity with the refugees is the centre-left daily Novi List's reaction to the situation: "The main problem is that the EU is not a social union or a union of solidarity, as the Greek crisis has amply demonstrated, but a capital union. The Slovenian analyst Anton Bebler wrote in the newspaper Delo that according to the Treaty of Lisbon solidarity is not one of the EU's fundamental values - whereas freedom, democracy, the rule of law and protecting human rights and the rights of minorities are. Solidarity is left to each member state to decide on. If a state's domestic policy displays solidarity, that doesn't necessarily mean it must display solidarity in its foreign policy. But the people knocking on Europe's doors today need European solidarity. Most of them are refugees fleeing war and death, while only a minority are migrants seeking a better life."

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