“It is time we had a little more faith in Europe’s ability to provide collective solutions to problems felt acutely and independently by each EU member state”
partnership with Africa to address the root causes of migration. And our EU agencies continue to help the oftenoverburdened national authorities in the most affected member states identify, screen and fingerprint incoming migrants, speed up the processing of asylum-seekers, and coordinate the return of those who do not qualify.
If it seems as though the EU has all the solutions for its troubles the reason is that, in theory, we really do. The reality, however, is somewhere further afield. I may sound like a broken record, but I am still at a loss as to why following through on commitments taken at the highest political level has been so difficult.
For example, summit after summit, leaders say they will send border guards to help Greece protect our external borders, or financial aid to help our neighbours in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey cope with the large number of refugees there. Each time, weeks go by with targets unreached and commitments unfulfilled. Instead, we get a tired blame game pitting EU states against one another; a race to the bottom in which national governments downgrade their asylum systems to make them less attractive than those of the country next door; and politicians from left to right nourishing a populism that brings only anger, not solutions.
It is time we had a little more faith in Europe’s ability to