Schengen area and Freedom for Europeans being put to the test as never before


European Union

European Union (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One must be ‘blind and deaf’ if one does not come to understand that the refugee crisis has tested the limits of Europe’s ability to forge consensus on one of the most divisive issues to confront the union since the fall of Communism.

For the N.Y. Times writers it has set right-wing nationalist and populist politicians against Pan-European humanitarians, who have portrayed the crisis in stark moral terms.

We may not expect too much from today’s meeting of the leaders from across the 28-member bloc were the last few weeks we have not seen much solidarity with each other nor much empathy for those poor people who are trying to safe their soul.

Jean Asselborn

Jean Asselborn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jean Asselborn, the foreign minister of Luxembourg, said after a meeting of home affairs and interior ministers that even countries that voted against the distribution of asylum seekers — the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia — must comply.

“I have no doubt they will implement these decisions fully,”

he said.

the N.Y.Times has good reason to say

The European Union’s reputation, and its faith in Brussels, have suffered in the past few months, with sharp and vocal divisions among member states and continuing doubts about Greek economic sustainability.

For Stefano Stefanini, a former senior Italian ambassador now based in Brussels, the migrant crisis

“risks bursting the E.U. at its weak seams”

“It’s more dangerous than the Greek drama and more serious than the euro, because it challenges fundamental European accomplishments and beliefs.”

With Tuesday’s vote, he said,

“the cleavages only get deeper.”

We as Europeans should look in our own bosom and consider what we really want to do and in what we do want to belief.

The pessimistic representation by the American writers is very logical when you see how the freedom of human being is being limited and how freedom of movement within the borderless, passport-free zone known as the Schengen area is getting into the dangerzone of being in order to be lifted.

As with the euro, borderless travel was pushed ahead by the European Union as an essentially political idea, without Brussels having created the rules and institutions capable of coherently maintaining and enforcing it.

And as with the euro, the chaos over the refugees has raised questions about not only how the European Union functions but what it stands for, not least its aspirations to balance justice and security.

When European Union leaders say that

“we as Europeans are currently not able to manage our common external borders”

than this community has a very serious problem.

A Europe

“defined by a beggar-my-neighbor race to the bottom was precisely what the E.U. was created to prevent,”

said David Miliband, a former British foreign minister and now director of the International Rescue Committee, a nongovernmental agency that helps refugees.

“If the E.U. is incompetent, compassion is not enough.”

Please let us take European Parliament president Martin Schulz his words at heart and be careful not to take the worn road-bent with the knowledge that a

“deeper split of the union is a risk we cannot exclude”.

Read more about it:Plan on Migrants Strains the Limits of Europe’s Unity


Migrants rested and registered at a camp in Opatovac, Croatia, on Tuesday. Credit Marko Djurica/Reuters



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  7. European ministers agree to relocate 120,000 refugees, but political divide persists
  8. Toronto students pitch in to help Syrian refugees
  9. ‘We’re desperately trying to get them out’: Church group struggles to bring Syrian refugees to Canada
  10. Syria’s Assad Blames West For Refugee Crisis
  11. The Syrian Crisis: A three-pronged strategy for Canada
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  13. Croatia Closes Border Crossings with Serbia
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  18. “Tightening of borders could destabilise European growth” warns finance specialist AES International
  19. Mere Fidelity: What to do with Refugees?
  20. ‘Canada saved 7 people’s lives:’ Saskatoon home to Syrian refugees
  21. The Waiting
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  23. Refugee Crisis: Crossing The Border To Germany (Part 2)
  24. Refugee Crisis: The Road To Germany (Part 1)
  25. Letter to a Non-Christian Nation
  26. Refugee Crisis Terrorists & Militia Posing As Refugees
  27. Christians say Syrian refugee crisis could affect how they vote in federal election
  28. The Migrant Crisis: What Can I do?
  29. BBC Presenter Disregards & Slanders Callers – Migrant Crisis
  30. Rolling out the Welcome Wagon to the Enemy…
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  35. See Photos from the Chaos of Europe’s New Refugee Trail
  36. Refugees to Come to the United States
  37. McDonald’s supports struggling U.N. effort to feed Syrian refugees
  38. Is xenophobia the new antisemitism?
  39. My two cents on the refugee crisis
  40. Hand Me Down World by Lloyd Jones
  41. Donating to Refugees in Traiskirchen
  42. Kerry: US to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016, 100,000 in 2017
  43. Do China’s ghost cities offer a solution to Europe’s migrant crisis?
  44. The Refugee Crisis🚨
  45. Dear Aylan: A Poem on the Human Tragedy of the Refugee Crisis
  46. Justin Trudeau says he would consider airlifting refugees from Syria
  47. Mixed Feelings | Week 3
  48. Refugees are welcome here!
  49. The History Girls: Orderly and Humane – Celia Rees
  50. The Evening Post: Understanding The Refugee Crisis In Europe, Syria, And Around The World
  51. For One Minnesota Man, Crisis In Syria Hits Close To Home
  52. Train Cancellations
  53. Israeli leaders delight in Europe’s cruelty toward refugees
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  55. Twitter Feed Lures Hordes to Europe
  56. The World Wide Refugee and Migrant Crisis and a possible solution for it
  57. Church of Ireland Parishes in Cork, Cloyne and Ross begin to Mobilise in Response to Refugee Crisis
  58. Poster: Please Help The Refugees
  59. Reality Check: Are refugees an economic burden?
  60. Europe and the joke of reverse colonialism
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  62. Westmount synagogue sponsors Syrian refugee family
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  65. Egyptian billionaire says he is deciding between 2 Greek islands to buy for refugees
  66. TIFF 2015: Stars discuss migrant crisis as films reflect refugee issues
  67. Why Russia backs Assad: a view from Russia’s anti-imperialist left
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  69. Hungary Oppressed Press Freedom over the Border Crackdown on Refugees
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  71. The Vatican Takes in Family of Syrian Refugees
  72. If All Cultures Are Equal, Why Are Millions Of Refugees Fleeing The Thoroughly Islamic Middle East?
  73. Can We Pay The Price To Free Humanity?
  74. What do you get if you cross Christianity with…? Answer the response of many to the present refugee crisis!
  75. When disruption becomes tangible – stories from a train station. Europe September 2015.
  76. More Syrian asylum-seekers getting OK to stay in Canada
  77. The refugee exodus into Europe: a preventable crisis and the inevitable demographic
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  79. Border stories … thoughts on refugees
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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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