Saturday 3 December 2016

Another farce beckons as Europe struggles with refugee crisis

Hugh O'Flaherty

Published 08/09/2015 | 02:30

Hungarian police officers confront refugees outside the reception centre, in Roszke, southeast of Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian police officers confront refugees outside the reception centre, in Roszke, southeast of Budapest, Hungary

I was a student in Berlin in 1958. This was some years before the Wall was built and it was still possible to travel on the subway between West and East Berlin. The centre of the city was still a scene of ruin and destruction.

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We were told that no one wanted to build in that vicinity as Berlin would likely be the cockpit for a third world war. I remember thinking that it would be worth investing in sites there as, if there was to be another world war, it would not be over Berlin. It was a spooky time, with the Cold War at its height.

The Germans, having been on the losing side in two disastrous world wars, would not ever want to be involved again in such conflagrations.

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