Incredibly, almost 1.5 million migrants have reached Europe by sea from North Africa and Turkey since the beginning of 2015, the year Germany’s Angela Merkel threw open her nation’s doors to Syrian refugees and many others besides.
The EU is now panicking and divided over how to stop the never-ending flow, begging its 28 member countries to pull together to solve the problem. Yet its response so far has been little short of pitiful.
How telling that a debate in the European Parliament on Tuesday, in which the Prime Minister of Malta was giving an important overview of the crisis, was attended by just 30 MEPs. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was pictured in an almost empty chamber, derisively proclaiming that the Parliament was ‘ridiculous’.
- Jean-Claude Juncker: ‘The Parliament is ridiculous’. Never attend “a meeting of this kind” again