Red wristbands and doors for refugees in the UK, roadblocks in the EU

GREECE: Infuriated at being ‘scapegoated’ by the rest of the EU.

BOTH the refugee crisis and Daesh terrorism have brought the Schengen system to the brink

WITH some refugees placed in homes ‘branded’ with red doors that have made them targets for racists in Middlesbrough and others forced, until recently, to wear red wristbands in Wales, we might be forgiven for overlooking what’s happening in Europe. 

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Namely, the threat to seal Greece off from the rest of the EU, and suspend it from the Schengen passport-free area within three months for “seriously neglecting” its borders during the migrant crisis last year, according to the European Commission.

This, together with EU states extending and prolonging national border controls/roadblocks for up to two years, is a serious blow to the Schengen system, which is regarded as a cornerstone of the EU.

But both the refugee crisis and Daesh terrorism have brought the system to the brink and it’s anyone’s guess where it’ll all end. One thing’s for sure, though. On the cutting edge of the migration influx, 850,000 migrants crossed Greece last year, Greece is infuriated at being ‘scapegoated’ by the rest of the EU, and fears the potential effects of being expelled from Schengen. 

Now, this unprecedented move isn’t the failure of one person, Mrs Merkel, but an entire system of eurocrats who have never been faced with problems on this scale. 

The Greek financial crisis was dealt with badly, the situation in Ukraine was, in effect, never dealt with at all, and Russia simply seems to be able to act with impunity. 

It was likely to happen sooner or later and fairly ironic that the open-arms gesture ‘all are welcome’ is now coming full circle by closing borders, erecting barbed-wire fences, and getting back at Greece with a vengeance. 

The EU’s problem is each government is elected ‘nationally’, each party offers what’s in the best interests of its own citizens, or it won’t get any votes.

Once elected, these governments then invariably start telling their citizens what’s best for them. However, when the going gets tough, as now, they’ll do whatever’s necessary to remain in power, and if that means tearing up the EU rule book, so be it!

One thing I AM very clear about in all this is nobody’s got a clue what to do next…

Nora Johnson’s thrillers ‘Landscape of Lies’, ‘Retribution’, ‘Soul Stealer’, ‘The De Clerambault Code’ ( available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.89;£0.79) and iBookstore. All profits to Cudeca charity.


  1. Sorry Nora, but I have to disagree with your statement “this unprecedented move isn’t the failure of one person, Mrs Merkel”.
    To me her ludicrous and dangerous statement opening the door to not only Germany, but the whole of Europe, has caused this entire catastrophe. Had she kept her mouth shut this would never have happened.

    She alone is responsible for the chaos currently gripping Europe much the same as the traitor Tony Blair’s open invite did to Britain eighteen years ago.

    It is certain that the whole continent is now in for its worst time since the Second World War thanks to her. The people of Germany and many other countries will deeply regret her stupid statement as the Muslims pour in (another 4 million expected this year) and cause more and more trouble as we have seen already in Germany.

  2. It amazes me how people have jumped on the red door bandwagon, do people really think that the property owner painted these doors red deliberately so other could tell migrants lived in that house and attract people that would then damage his property… really?

    You are right Nora, “nobody’s got a clue what to do next” but then they haven’t had a clue from the start have they! They are like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off, this is the same bunch of idiots that make senseless rules up, create senseless bureaucracy, that the British give 33M a day to, override our courts decisions and then expect us to put our trust in them! One thing is for sure, if and when the EU goes bang they should not have any problem getting work… as clowns.


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