“Greece or Italy sell me an island, I’ll call its independence and host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country,” Egyptian television industry billionaire Naguib Sawiris proposed via Twitter.
Greece or Italy sell me an island,ill call its independence and host the migrants and provide jobs for them building their new country
Austria and Germany have taken in thousands of migrants who crossed the border after days stuck in Hungary. After being welcomed at the Austrian frontier by volunteers, many went directly to Vienna and on to Munich in southern Germany. The plight of the migrants has highlighted the EU’s struggle to deal with a surge of asylum seekers. Earlier this week there were chaotic scenes in Budapest as Hungary blocked them from travelling onwards.
Hungary laid on trains bound for Austria for hundreds more migrants who set off on foot towards there from Budapest’s main railway station yesterday. The last train from the Austrian border town of Nickelsdorf going to Vienna has departed, but more will be put today.
Deep divisions over how to cope with a flood of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia pose a threat to the European Union’s values and global standing and may diminish its ability to act jointly to reform the euro zone and ease Greece’s debt. With harrowing images of drowning children, refugees being herded on and off trains and beaten by police, and barbed wire fences slicing across Europe, the migration crisis is the moral equivalent of the euro zone crisis. In both cases, the principle of solidarity is being sorely tested. By making the EU look ineffective, disunited and heartless, pitting member states against each other and fuelling political populism and anti-Muslim sentiment, the latest crisis is undermining the ideals of European integration.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said last week that if Europe fails on the refugee question, its tight bond with universal human rights will be destroyed, and it will no longer be the Europe we dreamed.