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La Stampa - Italy | Tuesday, February 15, 2011

EU lacks common migration policy

German chancellor Angela Merkel has refused to take in the Tunisian refugees who landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa. This highlights the EU's lack of a common immigration policy, the liberal daily La Stampa complains: "Europe's immigration policy exists on paper. Just as the Frontex agency exists, which has the task of coordinating the nation states in joint missions for controlling the EU's outer borders. But the European decision mechanisms are slow. What is supposed to pass as its common policy in reality is no more that a framework of general principles meant to guide the individual states. ... This precedence of individual states over common institutions is not just typical in foreign policy and internal security. In recent years the European Council of Ministers, where the individual member states are represented, as well as the parliament in Strasbourg have gained influence while the European Commission is losing it rapidly."

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