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Future of EU hinges on solving migration issue, says Merkel

Future of EU hinges on solving migration issue, says Merkel

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  • If that’s what the future of Europe hinges on, then Europe’s in serious trouble.

  • In my opinion, and posted elsewhere @NP and Twitter, the solution everywhere is "orderly entry."

    We observe the positive outcomes from Ellis Island and I have recommended two Ellis Island South being built along our border with Mexico.

    The United States also performed a fine job of processing and assimilating

    In my opinion, and posted elsewhere @NP and Twitter, the solution everywhere is "orderly entry."

    We observe the positive outcomes from Ellis Island and I have recommended two Ellis Island South being built along our border with Mexico.

    The United States also performed a fine job of processing and assimilating all refugees from Vietnam between 1975 and 1985.

    Both efforts are characterized by choke-point screening facilities, medical screening, fingerprinting and photographs, creation of documentation/ID.

    in the case of the Vietnamese refugees at camps around the Pacific Rim, we provided ESL and had mock-up grocery stores where they learned to use our currency.

    The Vietnamese program was titled " The Orderly Departure Program" as it reflects the refugee's perspective; however for America it was a very real Orderly Entry Program.

    The Mediterranean Sea fosters a chaotic entry program and the geography and disparate Countries have been unable to create anything that is orderly.

  • I had lived in Germany traveling all across the EU until last year, and it was quite obvious that the EU had accepted too much refugees/immigrants beyond its capacity, which significantly endangers the public security (China is way much safer!) and triggers whole bunch of collisions among the society

    I had lived in Germany traveling all across the EU until last year, and it was quite obvious that the EU had accepted too much refugees/immigrants beyond its capacity, which significantly endangers the public security (China is way much safer!) and triggers whole bunch of collisions among the society.

    For me, it seems Germany is imposing its own dogmatic pursuit of Nazi-redemptive humanitarian dream onto other member countries. I think Greece has no choice but to comply with Germany’s requirement considering its financial support is at stake. Not fair.

  • The immigrations that are at the center of these controversies involve economic disparities or the ravages of war. You can debate all you want about building a bigger wall and stronger gates, but if you don’t understand and move those in charge in the countries with these great diasporas, you will only

    The immigrations that are at the center of these controversies involve economic disparities or the ravages of war. You can debate all you want about building a bigger wall and stronger gates, but if you don’t understand and move those in charge in the countries with these great diasporas, you will only hang the immigrants on the wires and pikes that are meant to keep them out. Therein, you will have succeeded.

  • “European leaders are at odds over how to reform EU asylum policy, which is based on the principle that the first country of arrival takes responsibility for asylum claims.” Sounds similar, except for the fact that Mexico would be the first country for most of those seeking asylum here; which is NOT

    “European leaders are at odds over how to reform EU asylum policy, which is based on the principle that the first country of arrival takes responsibility for asylum claims.” Sounds similar, except for the fact that Mexico would be the first country for most of those seeking asylum here; which is NOT a good alternative, considering the near third world conditions there. And let’s not forget that some are seeking asylum here from Mexico.

  • The European project was created to avoid war and dispossessed civilians fleeing poverty and persecution.

    How ironic that these two issues—outside the borders of the European Union—could contribute to its decline.

  • Europe, like many other countries suffers from a lack of new births by its established citizens........if no one is having more than one or two children then it is not sustainable for growth, economic or otherwise. Canada suffers from the same problem......affluence delivers less births......so the solution

    Europe, like many other countries suffers from a lack of new births by its established citizens........if no one is having more than one or two children then it is not sustainable for growth, economic or otherwise. Canada suffers from the same problem......affluence delivers less births......so the solution is SUSTAINABLE immigration and integration. Otherwise we do not have enough workers or taxpayers.........Merkel got it right but now racism is showing its ugly head and the NIMBY attitudes still linger!

  • Japan is a relatively homogenous country, and those problems are difficult for our Japanese to understand. “Homogenous” has many merits about our life, but it’s also true that lack of diversity is weakening Japan.

  • Applause to Merkel. Her interior minister is raising an insurrection trying to destabilize the entire coalition government on one issue. They say that the best response to an ambush is to charge straight ahead.

  • I have a question and a comment: first, admitting my ignorance, why is there no mention of the other European 'big state' France. where do they fit in this picture? Second, this problem with confederation mirrors many of our own problems under our own Articles of Confideration such as full agreement

    I have a question and a comment: first, admitting my ignorance, why is there no mention of the other European 'big state' France. where do they fit in this picture? Second, this problem with confederation mirrors many of our own problems under our own Articles of Confideration such as full agreement when someone else bears the brunt of the problem but an unwillingness to pay for someone else's problem. I suspect it is not a coincidence that the countries with the severest economic problems are being forced to carry the can with only high blown platitudes coming their way from others. one has trouble blaming those wanting to stop the secondary migration when faced with the probability of having to deal with downsides all by themselves.

  • Actually immigration isn’t such a huge problem. It’s huge in terms of the numbers of people that can come, but it’s not huge in terms of it being a dealbreaker for the European Union. There is universal acceptance that the tide of economic migration must be stemmed. Nobody - not Germany not France not

    Actually immigration isn’t such a huge problem. It’s huge in terms of the numbers of people that can come, but it’s not huge in terms of it being a dealbreaker for the European Union. There is universal acceptance that the tide of economic migration must be stemmed. Nobody - not Germany not France not Sweden - no one is arguing that point. And on the other hand not one single European country has an issue with taking legitimate refugees, meaning those that are fleeing conflict or political persecution. So really this is just a balancing act and question of compromise. The European Union is in pretty good shape.

  • I’d say it’s future hinges on migration in the sense that - it will be an indicator on just how strong populism (the greatest threat to the EU and free trade) is truly growing in Europe.

  • In my humble opinion it’s a problem that the west created

  • Of course, the way to truly end the crisis is to improve living conditions in Eritrea, Nigeria, and other African countries, and end the wars in Yemen, Afghanistan, and Syria. I don’t know if they will happen soon, but in the meantime, I applaud Merkel’s comments.

  • Gott im himmel! She is a traitor to the free world