Europe’s Management of Refugee Crisis Getting Out of Hands

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Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session of the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, in Berlin, Germany, September 24, 2015. (AFP photo)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session of the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, in Berlin, Germany, September 24, 2015. (AFP photo)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed doubt that a recent plan adopted by the European Union on relocation of refugees could resolve the crisis the continent is facing, saying the EU is still far from a durable solution.

?A first step has been taken, but we are still far from where we should be,? Merkel told the German parliament on Thursday, adding, ?I am deeply convinced that what Europe needs is not just selective relocation of this kind, but much more a durable process for fairly distributing refugees among member states.?

The remarks came two days after EU interior ministers adopted by majority a resolution to distribute some 120,000 refugees among the member states, much to the dismay of some central and eastern European nations, including Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia, who oppose the mandatory quotas in sharing of the exodus.

Merkel also criticized some front states? approach to the handling of the flood of refugees, saying they lack ?minimum standards in Europe for the accommodation and care of refugees, and in the asylum-seeking process.? She said such standards ?are not always met at EU borders.?

Hungarian riot police use pepper spray to push back refugees at the Hungarian border with Serbia near the town of Horgos on September 16, 2015. (AFP photo)

Hungarian riot police use pepper spray to push back refugees at the Hungarian border with Serbia near the town of Horgos on September 16, 2015. (AFP photo)

Reports have emerged of Hungarian army?s use of rubber bullets, tear gas and net guns to push back refugees trying to cross the country?s eastern borders. That has prompted criticism by human rights activists and the United Nations. Budapest has also passed a raft of new ant-refugee laws, including one which allows the imprisonment of those illegally crossing its border.

In a full summit of Wednesday, EU leaders urged members of the 28-nation bloc to do more in dealing with the crisis, which has been described as the worst hitting Europe since World War II.

Source: Presstv

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