Migrants, EU leaders split on the financing of the “walls” and secondary movements. Merkel: “I’m leaving the Union in a worrying state”

Migrants, EU leaders split on the financing of the “walls” and secondary movements. Merkel: “I’m leaving the Union in a worrying state”
Migrants, EU leaders split on the financing of the “walls” and secondary movements. Merkel: “I’m leaving the Union in a worrying state”

“The EU it will not finance walls or barbed wire at its external borders “. The stop came directly from the president of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen, which stopped the new attempt at assault on the diligence of community funds at the summit of EU leaders which ended on Friday evening. A “tense” discussion on migration, which once again highlighted the splits within the Union and postponed the conclusion of the work by a few hours. Mario Draghi, at the end, he sketched out showing “satisfaction”. While the Prime Minister Charles Michel he said he saw a “window of political opportunity”. Of course, those who pushed to obtain EU resources to enclose external borders remained empty-handed. To dwell on disquisitions such as “whether barbed wire can be equated with infrastructure and therefore eligible to obtain community resources ”took the field Slovakia, the Lithuania (with a reference to the letter signed by twelve Member States no later than two weeks ago), the Denmark el’Austria by new chancellor Alexander Schallenberg, making his debut in the 27 club.

“I am very satisfied with how the discussion on these points ended. The original text spoke only of limits to secondary movements of migrants (movements from the country where they arrived at the beginning to other EU states ed) without mentioning the balance between responsibility and solidarity. The current document has introduced this concept, ”said Draghi at a press conference. The text says that “it is appropriate to continue efforts to reduce secondary movements and ensure a fair balance between responsibility and solidarity between the member states”. And again, the premier explained that “for a strange one heterogenesis of the ends, what was to be a paragraph on financing the walls does not contain this possibility but he opened one glimpse into the discussion on the Asylum and migration pact“, Stalled for a year. A debate that now it is hoped will regain the necessary momentum (while taking into account the spring elections) with the arrival of France Emmanuel Macron to the rotating presidency of the EU Council in January.

In particular, to push for a rebalancing of the conclusions on the secondary movements of migrants looking for work – a theme that particularly afflicts Belgium, Holland, France and Germany – was Pedro Sanchez. The Spaniard threw himself into the fray of those who wanted the reformulation of the text of the conclusions. So everyone, or almost everyone, got something: both those who aimed at adequate resources for the Action plans with Third Countries “on all migratory routes”, and those who wanted a stronger language against the “hybrid attacks” of the Minsk regime with the provision of “new sanctions”. There was also an opening on the request of the Lithuanian Nauseated Gypsies to review the Schengen code.

“I leave this European Union in a situation that I am worries. We have overcome many crises, but we have a number of unresolved problems, ”he said instead Angela Merkel, the great mediator at her last summit, which in the 16 years of leadership of Germany has totaled 107 out of 214. Among the controversies cited by the leader, precisely migration and rule of law. The German leader stressed that an agreement on migration has been found but that there are still “many problems waiting to be solved”, stressing that the challenges for her successors “are considerable”. Beyond that, the Chancellor stressed concern over what she defined as “Economic pressure” and ccompetition in the field of innovation, with the growth of China.

The Polish Mateusz Morawiecki – yesterday in the dock for the ruling of the Warsaw Council against the EU Treaties – while supporting the border walls on the second day of the summit, he tried to keep a low profile. Merkel’s mediation made the line of dialogue prevail over the immediate launch of the mechanism that links the disbursement of funds from the EU Budget and Recovery to respect for the rule of law. But certainly his meeting with the president of the Rassemblement national Marine Le Pen, arrived in the city for a catwalk, did not go unnoticed. Nor that of the Slovenian premier Janez Janša, current EU president, already at the center of controversy for his illiberal stances. “If I become president, I want to propose a referendum where constitutional reforms on migration policies are envisaged to defend French sovereignty – Le Pen said -. Our model is democratic, with the peoples who are sovereign of their nations ”.

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