GERMANY is now pushing for ‘permanent and binding’ EU quotas for ‘sharing’ hundreds of thousands of refugees.
This will involve new European powers replacing some national authority over border control, and probably a special EU-wide levy to fund the new policies. But up to 15 of 28 EU countries are bitterly opposed. (Britain’s not involved.) Nobody in Europe would have an issue with Angela Merkel doing this within Germany’s own borders, either for moral reasons, or to plug a potential population deficit in its active workforce over the next 25 years.
Imposing this on other countries, however, surely can’t be justified as such decisions should only be taken by individual states themselves since it would otherwise be a significant violation of national sovereignty. If EU states continue to oppose this, it’ll be interesting to see whether Germany can push it through regardless. It’s hard to tell if this is another brick in the wall of the grand EU project or another brick out of it. Either way, it’s high stakes stuff and will change the EU forever. It’s soon going to be hard to tell what sort of EU Britain will be staying in or leaving.
Talk about a moving target… As for the UK, its doors have been open since Blair opened them some 18 years ago – precisely the reason most now want them closed again. Dr Merkel really will be more successful at tearing apart the EU than Cameron or anyone else. For a trained physicist, she didn’t twig that the physics of letting in hordes of people without papers, permission or planning was inevitably going to explode at the seams somewhere.
Forget the Eurovision Song Contest: ‘Country Shopping on Mrs Merkel’s Wheel of Fortune’- the next Euro blockbuster TV soap!
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