Europe remains in denial in spite of the clear evidence at hand. As the EU as a body continues to try to find some way to make reality go away, it looks poised to cut Greece loose ... better than doing something that might cause the left to call you names, dontchaknow.
Let's review a few things;
European leaders are currently holding an urgent meeting in the Dutch capital Amsterdam amid warnings the EU is on the verge of collapse.I am still a bit amazed that the Europeans are looking to Islamist Turkey for help.
They say the Schengen treaty, which allows freedom of movement between member states, has been pushed to breaking point by the mass migration of people from Africa and the Middle East, and are set to debate extending border controls for two years.
European Union leaders are considering the option to ring-fence Greece in order to stop the massive inflow of migrants coming from Turkey.Why would the Ottomans NOT want over a million military aged Muslims to invade Europe? No history there ...
Despite the agreement with Turkey for 3 billion euros in financial aid in exchange for stemming the boat loads of migrants going to Greece, the inflow has not been reduced in the slightest. After the failure to cooperate with Turkey, the European Commission is considering more drastic measures.
EU leaders are considering blocking the passage to Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and offering financial aid to the non-EU Balkan country.
However, this would mean that tens of thousands migrants will end up stranded in Greece. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has warned Europe that Greece might become a “black box” for refugees.
Europe is being failed again by its elites, hiding from hard decisions;
About 35,000 have made the sea crossing from Turkey to Greece since the beginning of the year, a 20-fold increase on the same period last year.Part of the problem is that they are being advised by the wrong people who state things that are simply not in alignment with experience and facts;
“We don’t have any good options, only bad options on the table,” said a senior diplomat in Brussels. “This simply can’t continue. There’s agreement among the member states on that.”
With little apparent let-up in the numbers arriving via Turkey, three EU commissioners were in Ankara in what has turned into quasi-permanent negotiations with the Turkish government.
The EU cannot agree on how on how to fund the €3bn promised to the Turks to halt or slow migrant flows to Europe. Germany wants to pay Turkey more, and a joint statement from the German and Turkish governments following Berlin negotiations last Friday referred to the €3bn bill as merely a “first” payment.
But Helene Rey, one of Europe's up-and-coming economists, said it was not too late.At least the Eastern Europeans are showing some spine in the face of a clear and present danger to the European experiment;
"It is an opportunity. You have to invest in the integration of refugees and you get a return on that investment down the road," said the French academic.
This view was echoed by the International Monetary Fund that said in a report released in time for Davos: "In the long run, the economic impact will depend on the speed of integration of refugees into the labour market."
Hungary and Slovenia on Friday urged the erection of a fence along Greece's northern border, effectively sealing off the EU's passport-free Schengen area to migrants seeking to enter the bloc via the western Balkans.Migration season hasn't even begun.
"Just complaining that Greece is not protecting its borders isn't enough," Hungary's right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at a joint news conference with Slovenian counterpart Miro Cerar.
"We should take a man's stance and say we expect a fence to be built on the Macedonian and Bulgarian border with Greece and stop the migrant wave," said Orban.
“If we are unable to protect the external borders of the European Union, however costly and strenuous it may be, the Schengen zone will be destroyed by we ourselves”, the Hungarian Prime Minister said at a press conference following a Hungarian-Slovenian joint cabinet meeting in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia. For this reason, fences have to be built on Greece’s border with Macedonia and Bulgaria to stop the influx of migrants, he pointed out.
2016. Have a good year Europe. Ahem.