Friday 9 December 2016

Razor wire is not the answer on migrants

Published 29/08/2015 | 02:30

Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel

The Americans have always looked askance at European leadership. 'When catastrophe strikes, who do you call?' was the jibe on Capitol Hill. These days, there is only one person willing to break awkward silences on difficult issues.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel was called upon to speak the word unto Vladimir Putin during the Ukraine crisis and it was also she who knocked heads together over Greece. Therefore it is no surprise that hers was the voice that implored that a united and immediate response be mounted in the face of the tragedy on Europe's borders.

How much darker do the stories have to get before Europe's conscience is pricked? Yesterday, dozens of bodies were pulled from the sea, the previous day we learned how 71 people perished in the back of a refrigeration van. A European strategy on migration is now imperative.

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