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Aargauer Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, August 21, 2015

Calais needs a European solution

The governments in London and Paris plan to set up a joint control and demand centre in Calais to stop refugees using the Eurotunnel to reach the UK. The liberal daily Aargauer Zeitung sees this as a sign of weakness and calls for a pan-European solution: "In general such selective police - and recently also military - measures simply shift the problem elsewhere: if the smuggler gangs can no longer get through in Calais they will simply transfer their operations to neighbouring Dunkirk or to a Belgian canal port. And the migrants won't go to England but to Germany or Sweden instead. … The response must be at the pan-European level. That's what the EU is for, that's what the European Council with its quarterly summits is for. Up to now, however, the heads of state and government haven't even been able to agree on refugee quotas. Yet they must reach far more extensive agreements and decide on a European policy for foreigners and refugees."

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