Saturday 10 December 2016

Refugee crisis goes far beyond Europe

Published 15/09/2015 | 02:30

An Afghan refugee woman holding her daughter rests while waiting to board a train heading to the Austrian border. It is obvious that what we are now witnessing a disaster of global proportions that demands a global solution.
An Afghan refugee woman holding her daughter rests while waiting to board a train heading to the Austrian border. It is obvious that what we are now witnessing a disaster of global proportions that demands a global solution.

When it comes to the point where it is hurt or be hurt, something vital has been broken. And that is the point at which Europe has arrived in its handling of the humanitarian tragedy sweeping the continent.

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Chancellor Merkel’s plan to open the borders of the wealthiest nation in the EU to those displaced by decades of war in the Middle East could only ever be a temporary stop-gap. Now the barriers are going back up across Europe.

By effectively over-riding the Schengen Agreement and the Dublin Agreement, Mrs Merkel finds herself caught up in a terrible game without rules. The crux is that wars are asymmetrical, their consequences are atypical and the only certainty that comes with them is chaos.

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