The Levant – – European Council President Donald Tusk, who chairs EU summits, on Friday called on the 28-country bloc’s leaders to stop shifting the responsibility onto others and to build a credible migration policy.
Bitterly divided European leaders will seek to find a credible response to the worst migration crisis affecting the continent since World War Two, which has tarnished its image as a beacon of peace, at an emergency summit next week.
Europe is struggling to deal with the hundreds of thousands of people entering it this year, increasingly across the water from Turkey to Greece and then up through the impoverished Balkans to the former Yugoslavia, of which Croatia and Slovenia are members of the EU.
The influx of migrants, most of them fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has led to bitter recriminations between European governments and the temporary closure of national borders, undermining one of the most tangible benefits of the Union.
“If you don’t cope with this crisis, then I think the EU will fall apart,” said a senior EU official.
When they meet in Brussels on Wednesday, European leaders will discuss longer-term strategies for dealing with the migration crisis, such as increasing cooperation for the Middle East to reduce the incentive for refugees to try to reach Europe and boosting aid to the World Food Programme and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
It is worth mentioning that the Austrian Red Cross said more than 13,000 refugees arrived in Austria on Saturday alone, though the country’s police officials have not yet confirmed the Red Cross’ figure. Austrian police had earlier said they were preparing for the arrival of some 10,000 asylum seekers.
Sources: Reuter & PressTV