OK, we have seen this headline, without details, many times since Angela Merkel visited the V4 Group in Slovakia.
We are not impressed. Teaming up with Merkel to do what? She is a “time-waster” and will only delay what needs to be done today while waiting for an economic miracle in Africa.
Please, does anyone have Matteo Salvini’s phone number?
We have a feeling this is just another ploy by Angela Merkel to try to convince the public that she is trying to secure the borders to reduce “irregular” migration.
* It is not Germany or the Visegrad states where the migrants are entering Europe. One would think that Spain and even Italy (Salvini would be a great source for advice) would have to be involved also.
We have seen the tiresome calls by Merkel and others to introduce measures to “reduce poverty” as a way of preventing illegal migration. Whether this risky scheme works out or not is anyone’s guess…just check back with us in about 20-30 years for the answer.
In the meantime, Europe does not have the time to wait for an economic miracle in Morocco to stop illegal migration. They need to focus their efforts immediately on sealing the border and developing a program with Morocco and others in Africa to deport the migrants back to their countries of origin.
While there must be heavy economic pressure put on the leaders of Morocco to play ball regarding deportations, the effort to secure the EU border depends much more on Spain.
Programs to reduce poverty sound nice, but this will not stop today’s illegal migration from Morocco.
If Merkel wants to truly stop illegal migration, she will have to encourage Spain to develop techniques like Salvini in Italy and be prepared to play economic hardball with the leaders of Morocco to adjust their attitude. Morocco and others must take back its citizens in a timely and meaningful fashion to be included in any “programs”.
Without action beyond the “reducing poverty” line, we feel this headline is another meaningless gesture from Germany.