Refugees, stay out, European Union says


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Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

EU now wants to keep refugees outside its borders

The European Union wants refugees to be stopped “on the edges of the EU” from now on. This must be done at special places where ‘real’ refugees are separated from economic refugees. …

Now, dear European Union bureaucrats, what is an ‘economic refugee’? A farmer in Syria who cannot keep farming because of climate change? A worker in Yemen, unemployed as the Saudi royal air force has bombed his factory and who cannot get food in any other way because of Trump-Saudi royals coalition famine warfare? A fisherman in Sri Lanka, whose ship was bombed by the government as part of their civil war? A poor Afghan, who, if he wants to survive, has two ‘solutions’: selling his eight-year-old daughter as child bride to a rich warlord; or selling his little son as child prostitute ‘dancing boy’ to a rich warlord; neither of which he wants, so he flees the country?

This can be read in the preliminary conclusions that European leaders will talk about at a summit next week. At this moment, top diplomats discuss the texts.

The reception of refugees on the edges of the EU probably means creating special places

an euphemism for prison camps. Called ‘concentration camps’ by, eg, Pope Francis and by the Greek government.

in countries such as Tunisia or candidate country Albania. …

The Libyan Coast Guard needs to be strengthened further

So they can do more torture and more selling of refugees into slavery.

and new refugee routes must be stopped immediately.

Furthermore, it is stated in the text that refugees who are not entitled to asylum will be deported sooner. …

The diplomats did not agree on a thorny issue in the refugee debate: who would let the migrants in and then will they be allowed to travel to other countries? Later today, German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron discussed the migration problems at a meeting in Berlin.

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk from Poland, will take the conclusions during the course of his tour of several European capitals in the coming days. Today he is in Stockholm and later he will fly to Madrid. Tomorrow he will visit the Austrian Prime Minister Kurz,

who has a government coalition with a neofascist xenophobic party

who will play an important role as the new President of the EU from July onwards, and on Friday Tusk will call on the Hungarian capital Budapest for an interview with Prime Minister Orban. Next week he will also visit the Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, Merkel and May. He hopes to get the European countries singing from the same hymn sheet with his tour.

The idea of ​​receiving refugees outside the EU has already been suggested in the aftermath of the major refugee crisis of 2015 by, among others, the Hungarian Prime Minister Orban. Almost two weeks ago it became known that Denmark

where the government steals refugees’ jewelry and persecutes old ladies for helping refugee babies

and Austria were writing a plan to absorb refugees outside the European Union.

Dutch daily De Volkskrant headlines on this today: ‘Tusk chooses Fortress Europe’.

The same Volkskrant writes today that in 2017 there were more refugees than ever fleeing violence and oppression.

EU ‘deliberately condemning people to drown at sea’, warns Doctors Without Borders.

Hungarian right-wing Orban government wants to jail people for helping refugees.

There is agreement between liberal and far-right ‘populist’ EU leaders over strengthening the repressive Fortress Europe measures against refugees and asylum-seekers. They just disagree about how to do it, writes KEVIN OVENDEN.

Macron moots sanctions against EU members who won’t co-operate over refugee crisis: here.

Germany: The Social Democratic Party (SPD) has approved the asylum package of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU). The SPD, which is part of the ruling three-party grand coalition government, has lined up behind the refugee programme of CSU Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, which lays out a policy of sealing off the country’s borders, accelerating deportations and establishing closed refugee camps: here.

EU foreign policy chiefs asks for cash for network of African refugee holding camps: here.

Under the slogan “Stop the deaths in the Mediterranean,” tens of thousands demonstrated in Germany on Saturday against the savagely inhumane refugee policy of the federal government and the European Union. In Berlin, over 10,000 people demonstrated, more than ten times as many as the organizers of the coalition “Seebrücke” had originally expected. Demonstrations also took place in Hamburg, Hanover, Bremen and a dozen other cities in Germany: here.

European Union reduces maritime rescue operations in the Mediterranean: here.

European Union emulating Australian anti-refugee policy; in some ways even worse than Australia: here.

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