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Die Welt - Germany | Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dangerous backlog in the Balkans

The inaction of the governments of the EU member states is to blame for the fact that the situation on the Balkan route threatens to get completely out of control, the conservative daily Die Welt comments: "It doesn't take complex calculations to figure out that a dangerous backlog is building up there. The danger lies in the fact that the desperation and anger of the people there could soon turn into violence. … It was predictable that the countries of south-eastern Europe would raise the white flag at some point. It was predictable that the onslaught of refugees would put the solidarity of the poorer EU states to the test. Yet despite this the EU knowingly allowed itself to slide into this situation without agreeing on a common strategy in time to prevent it. A unilateral 'We can do it' is just as unhelpful as the fences of the Eastern Europeans who have no intention of backing Merkel's promise. But there is no alternative to distribution quotas and measures to secure the external borders."

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