The EU leaders’ meeting yesterday decided on nothing substantive. They’ve pledged money — so easy — and they’ve agreed on what they’d like to see happen — reception centres at borders in Greece and Italy — no chance — and to arrest the traffickers — no chance.
It is psychologically impossible for a meeting of 28 adults — particularly male politicians with power needs — to agree on anything for the longer term. On the other hand, one person of overwhelming prominence or power in Europe (Angela Merkel, for example) simply doesn’t have enough data to take sensible decisions.
Meanwhile, the supply chains of refugees and economic migrants thicken and lengthen throughout Asia and Africa, and the instinctive employment fears of millions of people in Europe grows. How long will Angela Merkel remain in power one wonders?