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Politiken - Denmark | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Exodus to Europe: quota system hardly stands a chance

One goal of today's summit of EU interior and justice ministers in Brussels is to settle the question of how 120,000 refugees are to be distributed in Europe. The centre-left daily Politiken is not optimistic: "The problems are piling up and the question of binding quotas for the distribution of refugees has divided the EU to such an extent that it looks very much like the idea will be dropped. ... Certainly it's possible that those who oppose this system could be outvoted by a qualified majority. That, however, would be a slap in the face for several member states and a serious violation of the basic EU principle whereby sweeping resolutions must be reached by consensus. And the attempt to overrule the will of a number of EU countries would be a boon for all EU opponents and Eurosceptics as it would only confirm their prejudices."

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