The Euro leaders summit (EUCO) in Brussels started at 5 o’ clock Thursday afternoon. One by one the 28 Leaders entered the Summit hall and made statements in front of the press. Based on many of these statement, I can summarize my impressions: neither the 28 will agree with each other today, nor with Turkey tomorrow.
It looks as if the majority of 28 do not agree that they have to commit themselves to relocation scheme and oppose the option to accept refugees in their countries.
Before EUCO Summit, EP president Martin Schulz said that “22 of 28 EU member states want no participation in EU’s refugee relocation scheme.”
And this will be practically the end of the story “European Union trying to solve the Migration crisis.”
If the 28 do not agree among themselves, then there will be no agreement with Turkey too. At least: no agreement that will function in reality and not on EU papers only.
However, also the EU-Turkey deal is not a piece of cake due to the many human rights violations and persecution of media people and academics. Also Cyprus has a word to say here and Nicosia hints, it “will not agree with EU-turkey deal for refugees and opening new EU accession chapters if Ankara does not recognizes Nicosia.”
President Anastasiadis to Euronews:”Turkey has to open its harbours/airports (to Cypriots),normalize its relations with Cyprus, someething that it doesn’t do.”
Without the relocation scheme, at least 45,000 refugees and migrants will have to be trapped in Greece for an unpredictable period of time and turn the country into a huge “hot spot of souls”, a country that cannot even feed its own people due to the ongoing economic crisis.
While, the EU leaders decide more in direction of their national interests and their own priorities and less about the well-being of refugees, again and again, I get deeply touched to see people like you and me, getting “stuff” together, fully pack their cars and drive hundreds of kilometers to take supplies to refugees and migrants – where ever these are.
— Monika Bassani ن (@Pisepampell) March 16, 2016
— DresdenBalkanKonvoi (@DDBalkanKonvoi) March 17, 2016
And these are the people, just a few of them displayed here, who make you believe that Humanity is not lost – no matter what the men in EU suits decide.