Time is running out for migrant crisis solution
The decision by the leaders of Europe to try to forge a united approach to the emigration crisis is perhaps a glimpse of light on the horizon in a desperate human tragedy.
The two-day Malta Summit, which ended yesterday, appears to offer hope of a realistic and reasoned Europe-wide approach to the crisis which could yet save the Schengen Agreement while contributing financially to resolving the problems faced at home by so many would-be migrants.
The fragmented - and in some cases ill-judged - responses to the issue from the authorities of nations such as Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Italy, and Slovenia show the importance of a Europe-wide approach.
And yesterday's report by the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, which found that Bulgarian police had shot, abused, and beaten migrants, underlines the urgent need for a solution.
It may well be, as predicted, that the human tide will recede during the winter months. But unless we address the root dcauses of the migrant crisis - war, social instability, and poverty - then the problem will recur. Time is short. Europe must act decisively and quickly.