Daily Mail 2 September 2015:
David Cameron has been warned his hopes of overhauling the European Union will be blocked if Britain refuses to accept more refugees from north Africa.
Austria and Germany – key allies in the Prime Minister’s push for change in Brussels – have condemned the UK for not opening the doors to asylum seekers.
They warned Mr Cameron that ‘solidarity is not a one-way street’ and warned his hopes of renegotiating EU membership will be scuppered if he behaves like Britain is ‘out of the club’.
FT 3 September 2015:
German chancellor is getting it right while UK PM misreads the national mood.
The moral imperative to offer succour to the wretched victims of war and terror speaks for itself.
NYMag 8 September 2015:
Germany Willing to Welcome 500,000 Refugees Annually for the Next Few Years
Telegraph 9 September 2015:
Juncker calls for ‘compulsory’ redistribution of 160,000 migrants
In the space of two months, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gone from being portrayed as the heartless villain in Europe’s debt crisis to the heroine of those flooding in to find refuge on the continent.
Vox 13 September 2015
In a shocking development in the European migrant crisis, Germany is immediately introducing border controls in the south of the country, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière announced on Sunday. The government of Chancellor Angela Merkel claimed “urgent security reasons.”
AUSTRIA has announced it will CLOSE its borders to migrants after 12,000 descended on the country in less than 48 hours.
The nation’s embattled leader made the announcement as Europe’s migrant crisis raged on unchecked today, with thousands more people continuing to stream into Germany in search of a better life.
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said he had come to the decision following “intensive talks” with Germany’s Angela Merkel and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban.
Denmark closed border with Germany under strain of migrants
German Chancellor Angela Merkel seems oblivious to the fact that what you reward you get more of. Witness the tens of thousands of welfare seekers cloaked as genuine migrants flooding Europe and now threatening the collapse of the borderless EU she has always proudly trumpeted.
They are coming because Merkel said they should. Germany would welcome them all – and then some – in an act of charity she barely thought through and hardly understood the consequences of.
Remember back in August the chancellor declared all Syrian asylum-seekers welcome to remain in Germany, no matter which EU country they had first set foot on. In doing so Germany set itself up to accept an extraordinary 800,000 migrants before the end of the year. It also became the first EU country to suspend the 1990 Dublin protocol which forces refugees to seek asylum in the first European country they set foot on.
And so, in the space of a day or two, idealism is replaced by realism.
A couple of thousand refugees can be absorbed easily enough. But not a couple of million.
And in the process, state borders across the EU are being closed, as sovereign states re-assert themselves, and the EU ideal of free movement of people becomes history.