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Sunday 4 December 2016

The EU is in disarray and risks losing its fundamental principle: freedom of movement

Published 18/09/2015 | 02:30

Hungarian riot police charge migrants at the border crossing with Serbia in Roszke, Hungary
Hungarian riot police charge migrants at the border crossing with Serbia in Roszke, Hungary

Five words contain the entire content and meaning of the most notorious question ever asked. "Am I my brother's keeper?" We all know the Bible story, and the answer.

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Yes, we are all our brothers' and sisters' keepers, and our brothers and sisters are all humanity. Our civilisation, such as it is, rests on that proposition.

Little Aylan, lying dead on a Mediterranean beach, was our brother. The victims of the horrors perpetrated by Isil are our brothers and sisters. So too are the victims of the weapons deployed to so little useful effect by the Western powers, who will neither impose order on the Middle East nor accept any blame for the collapse of the Arab Spring and the propping up of old and new dictatorships.

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