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Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Friday, December 4, 2015

Exodus to Europe: Tusk adds fuel to the fire

Speaking in an interview, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk has openly criticised Germany's refugee policy and described qualified majority voting on the distribution of refugees as tantamount to "political coercion". Tusk should be trying to calm the tensions rather than heightening them, the Christian-liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten believes: "Of course the European Council president is free to voice his opinion and criticise leaders. One of his key tasks, however, is to foster 'cohesion and consensus' among the countries of the EU. To this extent it is understandable that Tusk should speak out against overruling individual countries. Consensus is a declared principle of the EU, even in areas where it is not legally required. If individual members block the action of the entire Union in a crisis, however, a majority decision is justified and necessary. As far as cohesion is concerned, Tusk's most recent statements certainly won't help matters. Instead he has added fuel to the fire and snubbed all those who are calling for solidarity and the equitable distribution of refugees."

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