This video shows highlights of the Dutch football cup final 2015, won by FC Groningen 2-PEC Zwolle 0.
Dutch NOS TV reports today that Groningen football club has invited 800 refugees in the Bellingwolde and Onnen camps to its Dutch soccer cup match against FC Twente, on Wednesday 23 September.
Buses will take the refugees to the Groningen stadium where they will get a meal as well.
A much-needed change after getting food thrown at them like at pigs by Hungarian police, for the refugees …
FACEBOOK, GOOGLE MAPS KEEPING MIGRANTS OUT OF TRAFFICKERS’ HANDS “In the past, people in these situations had no choice but to put their money and faith in the hands of traffickers who are known to jack up prices and force passengers to pay in human organs if they can’t come up with the cash, Business Insider reported. But now that they have access to smartphones, they can pretty much bypass traffickers and make the trek to Europe safely, on their own.” [HuffPost]
Refugees, depression and nature reserves: here.
Friday 11th September 2015
posted by Morning Star in World
Refugees will be settled across member states
THE European Parliament voted yesterday to approve EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker’s quota system for settling refugees across member states.
Its decision came as thousands of desperate refugees braved torrential downpours to cross from Greece into Macedonia.
Greek authorities had managed to register about 17,000 people on the island of Lesbos in the space of a few days, allowing them to continue their journey northward further into Europe.
The caretaker government in Athens chartered two extra ferries and sent additional staff to Lesbos to speed up the registration and ease overcrowding on the island, where more than 20,000 refugees had been living in tents since arriving from Turkey.
Around 7,000 people, some children and some elderly, waited in a muddy field near the northern village of Idomeni to cross the Macedonian border beginning in the early hours of yesterday.
Many complained of terrible living conditions, police brutality and predatory fraudsters in Lesbos.
All had crossed by the early afternoon, but more arrived by train, bus and taxi.
Further north, aid workers in Hungary said that conditions were a “disaster” at the border with Serbia, with refugees arriving hourly.
“There are no big tents where people can come, sleep, have a rest. We don’t even have electricity, which means we don’t have warm water,” said Austrian aid worker Kathrin Niedermoser.
Austria suspended rail services carrying refugees from Hungary yesterday on the grounds of overcrowding.
In Denmark, police said that they would no longer try to stop refugees crossing the country in an attempt to reach Sweden.
“We can’t detain foreigners who do not want to seek asylum,” police chief Jens Henrik Hoejbjerg said.
“There is no other option than to let them go and we cannot prevent them from travelling wherever they want.”
Ordinary Danes have volunteered to drive refugees across the sea bridge into Sweden.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said that all countries needed to follow EU asylum rules “and that means all countries must register refugees.
“That’s what the Danish government has said before and we assume that all countries follow the rules we have,” he said.
Thursday 10th September 2015
posted by Morning Star in Editorial
JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER may have the most humanitarian instincts in Europe, demanding that all EU member states do much more to help refugees arriving from the Middle East and Africa.
But that’s not the point.
He presides over the very negation of democratic assent. As president of the European Commission, he has been elected by no-one (although Wikipedia lists him as the supreme leader of Europe). His powerful bureaucracy carries no moral authority with the 508 million residents it perpetually seeks to boss about.
He has no idea how repugnant any democrat worthy of the name would have found the scene in the European Parliament yesterday, whereby an unelected president lectured elected but largely powerless MEPs on the moral duty of elected EU member state governments to take the quota of refugees allotted to them by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.
Of course, governments in Europe and beyond should do everything in their power to help people fleeing tyranny and war. No instruction should be needed from the EU to make refugees welcome and contribute in other ways to combating oppression and promoting peace in their countries of origin.
Least of all should they be instructed by the very body, the EU Commission, whose austerity and privatisation policies have already driven millions of people to the brink of destitution from Ireland and Portugal to Cyprus and Greece.
The EU and its capitalist laws of the jungle — notably the free movement of capital and labour at the command of the monopoly corporations — are part of the problem, not the solution.
The refugee crisis is a global responsibility to alleviate, which is why, to complement national action, there must be whole-hearted engagement with the work of United Nations bodies such as the UN High Commission for Refugees and Unicef.
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