Thursday 23 February 2017

Europe struggles, Arab states shrug

Editorial

Editorial

A child and her father travel from Salzburg in Austria to Munich in Germany. (AP)
A child and her father travel from Salzburg in Austria to Munich in Germany. (AP)

The refugee and migrant crisis is not just a defining moment for Europe, but equally is the responsibility of Gulf States, in particular, and in the mid to longer term, of the United States and Russia and the international community as a whole.

Europe has so far struggled to deal with the crisis which has developed throughout the summer but to which the European Union has responded with a piecemeal or incremental approach.

Forced into action by the publication of photographs of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian boy who drowned while trying to reach Greece, the EU is now preparing emergency meetings to take decisions in response to the crisis. The situation requires a massive common effort.

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