The EU tries to stem migrant flow

In the European Union, migration crisis points to deeper internal political problems, RISS expert Oksana Petrovskaya commented on the Final Declaration of the EU Summit in Brussels. “The text of the Declaration has proved to be full of general phrases. A single decision hasn’t been accepted: the Europeans agreed that it is necessary to strengthen the external borders, to allocate more money to support the Frontex system, to save refugees who may die in the Mediterranean Sea, to create special regional camps for their distribution, but all this is on an entirely voluntary basis,” she explained.

The Italian prime minister said that he would block agreement on all other issues until Italy was satisfied on migration. He demanded the EU leaders to accept his proposals on migration. “According to him, the coast of Italy is a coast of Europe, so refugees should be distributed among the EU member states in solidarity. Merkel and other meeting participants had to make concessions. The representatives of the Visegrad Group assessed this Declaration as their own victory, because there is no longer the question of forced distribution of migrants,” RISS expert pointed out.

“The EU’s policy is trying now to cut the migrant flow to Europe. The European States can’t refuse to provide assistance to refugees, as it is contrary to democracy values. But they are doing everything to ensure that migrants arrive less intensively to the Europe’s external borders. Agreements on further extension of anti-Russian sanctions and recognition of Russia's responsibility for Boeing aircraft over Ukraine were easily reached during the EU Summit as the EU has a common opinion on these issues. Speaking of the collective defense, the Europeans pointed out the need to reduce dependence on the United States and create their own security and defense system,” O.Petrovskaya said.

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