Friday, September 18

Piss-ups and breweries

“A lot of false information is circulating about the options to obtain asylum in Germany, which we cannot leave unchallenged” says German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. You have to feel for the eastern European countries trampled underfoot. Merkel’s open invitation recalls Blair’s fatuous predictions about the limited numbers of Poles and others that would come to Britain following expansion of the European Union. Hindsight’s a wonderful thing, however, we are where we are. I think everyone can agree it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate Syrians from Afghans, Iraqis, Iranians, etc. You take one you take all: try deporting tens of thousands already inside Europe to camps across North Africa. It ain’t gonna happen. If Germany wanted to cherry-pick young educated Syrians from the refugee/migrant diaspora they should have sent a fleet of passenger vessels to Greece and Turkey and processed them there instead of trashing their neighbours’ countryside. The assumption appears to be that an eventual majority vote will compel all twenty-eight European Union countries to accept a proportionate share of Syrian nationals. But that’s assuming Germany can blackmail/bully enough countries into securing a majority vote, and that the refugees/migrants who lose out in the resultant resettlement lottery accept their fate. And it still doesn’t address the non-Syrians among us. Oh, to be a fly on the wall at the next European Union meeting.

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