Cecilia Malmström is EU commissioner for home affairs. And she knows best. Don’t you dare try to claim she doesn’t:
I will be discussing the common European asylum system with home affairs ministers from all EU countries on 8 March, and I’ll be looking to participants to step up their efforts, as negotiations have so far been too slow.
So, you heard her! Step to, fellas, and step lively!
If you know what’s good for you…
This flawed system is not only unfair on those who seek refuge; it is also unfair on a public who need to know that the system is helping those most in need.
Oh, how good of you to take some time from your busy schedule to think of the public!
Particularly given we are such awful little people, who don’t know what’s right and what’s wrong.
… the political mood in many EU member states is sour. We have not seen as many populist and xenophobic parties in European national parliaments since before the second world war.
There’s that ‘populist as pejorative’ issue yet again.
Aren’t political parties supposed to represent the will of those they govern? That being the case, how can ‘populist’ be such a horrible thing?
True to form, they exploit the current crisis, trying to shift the blame on to immigrant populations. Here, we need European and national leadership to make sure that populist rhetoric does not dictate the agenda.
Ah. I see. What you really mean is ‘Here, we need to ensure that our opinions carry the day, and the people who pay for us to do their thinking for them shut the hell up and let us get on with it.’
Despite common minimum rules, several countries’ asylum systems provide unacceptable reception conditions for migrants. And standards in granting refugee status differ greatly between countries. Such disparities are not acceptable in an EU where we have signed the same international conventions and unite around the same values.
‘EU Über Alles!’, eh, Cecilia?
The EU needs common high standards and stronger co-operation to ensure that asylum seekers are treated equally in an open and fair system – wherever they apply.That is why the EU has been inching towards a common asylum policy for over a decade, and has set a deadline of 2012 for putting the common system into place. But, again, negotiations are too slow-moving and talks need to be intensified.
I agree with you that things are too slow moving. It’s about time our politicians stood up and told you, and the organisation you represent, to take a hike…