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Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, October 4, 2013

Refugees' suffering concerns all EU states

The refugee disaster must teach Europe to show more solidarity, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore demands: "Perhaps the high number of victims will convince everyone - above all our European partners - that the tragedy of the people fleeing ethnic purges or 'just' interminable poverty is a problem that cannot only affect the country in whose waters the final tragic act plays out. The geography of death is global. ... There are no miracle solutions to such a tragedy. But we can at least learn something from it. Europe must understand that belonging to the House of Europe is not just a useful concept for scolding the Greeks, Spaniards or Italians when they fail to keet their budgets in order. A community concept also includes the EU states showing solidarity with each other: a solidarity that is necessary above all towards people trying to escape hardships that are inconceivable to most of us."

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