A controversial (read: weird) european law that has succeded to put excessive pressure on border areas, as Greece, Italy and Malta where these States are often least able to offer asylum seekers support and protection.
A european law that was enough to convince Greek citizens that Europe is far...very far from pragmatically understanding every day problems.
According to BBC (News europe), in a recent ruling, the European Court of Human Rights challenged the EU's Dublin II Regulation, under which asylum seekers are sent back to their point of entry into the EU.
The regulation is intended to prevent "asylum shopping" in Europe, (read: is not my problem) but it has exacerbated the dilemma of Greece, which is struggling to cope with thousands of asylum applications.
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According to BBC, Italy, Spain, France, Cyprus, Malta and Greece presented joint proposals at a meeting of EU interior ministers in Brussels on Thursday.
The six countries want a common EU asylum system to be in place in 2012.
But Italian warnings of a "Biblical" exodus from Libya were given a cool reception by Germany and others. No wonder why...
Here from Cafebabel in Greece we have stressed through our artcles that "we are on our own my little fella"..
In a previous post we tried to examine what doesn't match with Europeans. Here is what a young Greek politician, Greg Stamoulis believes:
"From many years ago, it was obvious, as Aristotle had pragmatically said "human relations are based on interest" ...
Besides, add to that statement all the necessary elements of a coherent State, the key is for the people to feel that they form, make up a "nation" (classical element of the identity of an individual-deeply psychological) ...
So do you still believe that Europeans feel that they belong to the European Nation or to belong to the German, Italian, Czech, Greek?
In the first case, Europeans would feel (highlight the use of the verb FEEL) whether they are French or English as we feel for the problems faced by the Thracians towards Turks, ie to consider this problem as their problem, because people from the Ionian Islands and Thracians are both bits of the Greek nation (part of their identity / solidarity with their brother / willing to fight for the interests of Thrace).
In the latter case they would consider all other as foreigners, as partners, outside of their fellow.
In that case this European origin / background is not part of their identity, which means that it doesn' t affect them and they do not care about what is happening in the Aegean since we are nothing more than partners ..."
Europe is once again late...
The problem of Greek, Italian, Spanish borders should had been long before in the european agenda and not after the "party" has already started..and the Mediterrannean is in full swing.
According to BBC at least one million migrants, many of them from sub-Saharan Africa, are believed to be in Libya, hoping to reach Europe.
Many of them may be political refugees, not simply economic migrants, so Europe has an obligation under human rights agreements to identify genuine refugees who have a right to asylum. Read all the article here.