Migration is, again shaking Europe


PARIS (Reuters) – european leaders will on Thursday night on the political crisis linked to the influx of migrants, which poisons the relations between member States and undermine the national executive within one year of the european elections.

After choosing a spectacular new Italian government on the return of the ships that rescued the migrants, the historical alliance between conservative germans now seems to be faltering, threatening the coalition government of Angela Merkel.

The unrest in these two founding member states of the Union reflect a rise in the power of the forces of the political extremists in the Union, while several countries of the East refused several years ago to accommodate refugees.

“More and more people are beginning to believe that only an authority with the iron fist, the spirit of anti-european and anti-liberal, with a leaning towards an authoritarianism that is obvious, is capable of stopping the wave of illegal immigration”, warns the president of the european Council, in its letter to heads of State and government, broadcast on the eve of the Council.

Donald Tusk wants the Council to allow an agreement on three measures : validating the creation of “platforms landing” outside of Europe for migrants, specific funds in the next budget to combat illegal immigration, to collaborate more with third countries, such as Libya.

According to a draft of conclusions to be consulted by Reuters, the leaders should agree on a strengthening of the external borders of the EU, more support in Libya, many of which are migrants, and some other countries and a reflection on the creation of these centres “landing”.

Italy, Greece and Spain, where do the majority of the migrants, should be further supported, but no agreement appears on the distribution of asylum seekers.


According to the Elysée, obtain the agreement of the Twenty-Eight on the need to continue to seek a solution concerted eu will be even more important that the list of actions that will be recorded or confirmed by the leaders.

“This european Council will be critical to our collective future”, said on Wednesday the French minister for Europe, Jean-Yves Le Drian, before the national Assembly.

“Europe is in the face of his destiny. Europe may disintegrate. Europe is threatened in its unity and in its fundamental”, he added.

Emmanuel Macron will meet upon his arrival in Brussels the four countries in the group of Visegrad (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia), which have refused to participate in the meeting on migration held in emergency last Sunday with finally 16 european countries.

Saturday, he had indirectly responded by denouncing the”national egoism” and brandishing the threat of financial sanctions against EU States who do not comply with their duty of solidarity in relation to the reception of refugees.

The French president will address the Board with his Spanish partner, the idea of open in the european countries of arrival of the closed centres, where the situation of migrants will be examined.


To succeed, this initiative must be accompanied by a strengthening of the solidarity in respect of those countries to process requests, to expel those who have not been granted asylum and will increase the relocation, points to the Elysée.

No final solution not being expected at the end of the Council, the German chancellor is at the same time already been decided in favour of bilateral, trilateral and multilateral.

On the second day of the Council, the European – non-Uk – will provide an update Friday on the negotiations of the Brexit, and can deplore the absence of any significant progress on the thorny issue of the border in ireland.

The Twenty-Seven work in the wake of the reforms of the euro area.

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel will present the roadmap on which they are granted on the 19th of June, in which several of their partners reject important provisions, in particular the creation of a eurozone budget.

The goal, says the French presidency, is to obtain that the set of points of the agreement franco-germans may be reviewed by the Finance ministers of the 19-member euro zone by December.

(Jean-Baptiste Vey, with a european office in Brussels, edited by Yves Clarisse)

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