Faced with human agony on its frontiers, few would argue that Europe has failed.
Razor wire meets migrants who have risked everything in reaching Hungary’s border. This as EU member states squabble among themselves over how many asylum seekers each should allow in.
It is an unsavoury spectacle for French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
Speaking on French television on Sunday, he said:
“When I see some European countries which don’t accept, what we can call this quota , I find that scandalous.”
Asked about the countries in question, Fabius said he was referring to those
to the east of Europe.
On Hungary, he said:
“I take a very dim view, a very dim view. Hungary is part of Europe. Europe has values and these values are not respected by putting up wire fences.”
The latest migrant tragedies may have been an ultimate wake-up call with
Germany, the UK and France now urging emergency EU talks to tackle Europe’s worst migration crisis since the Second World War.
“Europe can be criticised for not coming up with solutions quickly enough, that is true,” said Fabius.
“We have solutions on paper. What we need is to put them into action and to do it quickly.”
For many fleeing conflict in Syria, Berlin offers a beacon of hope.
While some European governments have refused to take in refugees, Germany expects the number of asylum seekers it receives to quadruple to about 800,000 this year.