EU migration summit achieved 'nothing much' says expert
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EU leaders have been slammed after a key summit in Brussel failed to achieve results amid a list of mounting challenges facing the European bloc. EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen joined the European heads of nations for a two-day debate on how to take the growing migrant crisis along the EU’s easter border. A lack of outcomes from the summit has led DW News pundits to question what was actually achieved.
“There appear to be a lot of unsolved problems still on the table, what did this summit achieve in the end?”, asked DW News anchor Michael Okwu.
DW News correspondent Babara Wesel replied: “Nothing much really Michael because there are points in the history of the EU, where everything stalls, where the problems seem to be intractable, and where the leaders of governments find it impossible to move on.
“I mean they did agree on condemning Lukashenko for funnelling migrants into the European Union but that was pretty much it.
“The other big issue, distribution of migrants within Europe, or the energy crisis that was put off till the next summit in December, and the big fight about the rule of law, that didn’t advance at all during those discussions.”
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It comes as Germany has blamed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for plotting to trigger another European migrant crisis amid an ongoing border row with Poland.
Belarus has been accused of shipping refugees to the country’s western border with Poland where a stand-off has erupted between Warsaw and Minsk.
The head of the German Federal Police has warned that all the warning signs point to a 2015 style migration crisis.
The France 24 correspondent said: “Germany is accusing the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko of organising another migrant crisis.”
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“The head of the Federal Police Union says all the signs are there.”
The President of Germany’s Federal Police Union, Heiko Teggatz told France 24: “The numbers who are seeing now are almost identical to those we had at the Austrian border in 2013 when the migration crisis started.
“That all led to 2015 when things got out of control and chaotic, so we have to act now.”
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has been blamed for the surge in undocumented migrants and refugees attempting to cross into Poland.
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Polish border guards have halted large groups on the border and prevented migrants from crossing amid a stand-off between Warsaw and Minsk.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Pryzdacz has lashed out at Belarus amid a growing migrant crisis at the EU border in Eastern Europe
Mr Pryzdacz told DW News last week: “It is an artificial crisis orchestrated by the Belarusan regime.”
It came as Poland imposed a state of emergency on the Belarusian border amid a surge in migrants from countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq trying to cross, in what Brussels and Warsaw say is a form of hybrid warfare designed to put pressure on the bloc over sanctions it imposed on Minsk.
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