Sunday, April 17, 2016

An EU migration compact

Europe is disintegrating rapidly as attempts to seek solutions fail on national egoisms .  Re-nationalization of Europe becomes more evident, with the return to national confines abolished by the Schengen Treaty.

Austria has accomplished the last violation of this pact , which for many is difficult to understand for a country far from the sea and being not a main destination for mass immigration to Europe.  The paradox is that this country is governed by a socialist party which is  adopting the same policy as the far right party. But this happens in other countries such as Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Italy has still an European agenda - it supports the creation of an EU Treasury minister and now calls for a  'migration compact' to transfer powers to the European Union to handle the crisis. The proposal foresees a set of actions and  special forces both in origin and transit countries of the migrants with refugee camps  in the southern Mediterranean coasts for migrants .

Such policy deserves wide consensus among EU countries but its effective application would require the creation of  special police forces  to protect the external borders and on the political level a much stronger coordination between the Interior ministries , and eventually the creation of an EU Interior minister. This would mean, in practice coordinating intelligence services and fight against terrorism.

The main issue of contention lies with the necessary funding to support the migration plan. The Italian proposal includes the issuance of eurobonds which is vigorously opposed by Germany which prefers an oil tax paid by citizens to the European coffers.

This plan will not be implemented readily and will require an agreement at the next European Council. But it is a positive step forward toward greater unity to halt the return of nationalism which is currently putting Europe in grave danger.    

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