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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Europe's U-turn on unilateral action and populist politics

Published 11/09/2015 | 02:30

A refugee father carries his child on the border in Macedonia
A refugee father carries his child on the border in Macedonia

Some interesting thoughts came to mind in the last few days, regarding unilateral action by certain EU countries and populist politics.

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Ten years ago, Spain gave an immigrant amnesty for 700,000 immigrants. Its unilateral action was widely condemned by its EU partners, as a Spanish citizenship was now also a EU citizenship.

EU politicians, including our own, have regularly warned the electorate against populist messages and political parties, so it is interesting to see Taoiseach Enda Kenny going from 600 refugees to thousands after September 3.

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