A little Lao Tzu would help the argument. What should Greece, Germany and Europe do after the fire in Moria? “Give a starving person a fish and he will be full once. Teach him to fish and he will never go hungry again, ”advised the Chinese philosopher.
In times of need, both are required: immediate aid and sustainability. Humanity and order. You are not an either-or. They have to be brought into balance. Otherwise one becomes an obstacle to the other.
Many people in Germany want to help, far more than in other EU countries. That is touching. For the most part, however, they have very specific ideas about their immediate aid: the refugees fleeing to Germany.
Fear of imitation: destroy the camps
But where is the willingness to take the objections of the Greeks and other Europeans seriously? They warn that the arson in Moria must not prove to be a way of getting to the centers of prosperity in the EU by bypassing asylum procedures. Then refugees would also destroy their camps elsewhere.
Conversely, those willing to help accuse Greece and the EU rightly: You have shown a lack of humanity for years. Don’t call on us now for order.
Mitsotakis does not want to let refugees leave the country
The next scandal is already approaching. The federal government wants under the pressure of those willing to help take in more refugees from Greece. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is threatening at the same time that he will not allow Moria refugees to leave for other EU countries. That outraged the Germans. But he knows the majority of the EU supports this line.
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In fact, the EU and its members have been lacking in both for years: humanity and order. The conditions in the camps were inhumane. Looking away was part of the calculation. The situation should be a deterrent so that new waves of migration do not occur.
That worked, but the EU did not use the time to build a system that guarantees what it promises: the persecuted receive protection. Anyone who only pretends to be deported. The examination takes place in the first EU country, quickly and under humane circumstances.
The EU lacks balance: too much deterrence, too little humanity
The action of the EU has a list. She is making headway on tough measures such as the return agreements with Turkey and other countries and border protection. But not with humanity and speedy asylum procedures.
How does Europe find a better balance? With more pragmatism, more openness to arguments from the opposing party and more effort not to fall back into the behavior patterns of 2015. The number of newcomers has dropped dramatically. The hard-hearted would have every reason to try less deterrence and more humanity.
Those willing to help in Germany should accept Greek suggestions. Immediate aid in Greece instead of leaving for Germany. Support in building a humane moria and speeding up asylum procedures.
Why does Berlin find so few allies in the EU?
Germany also has to ask itself why it can find so few allies in the EU for its ideas. As in 2015, German rushing ahead is again an obstacle to common politics. Some are annoyed when Berlin sets the course. The others take it as an excuse that they are not challenged. If the Germans want to take this on themselves – please.
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Angela Merkel and her cabinet are squirming under the opposing domestic and foreign political pressures. You want to respond to those willing to help and at the same time help Mitsotakis with stabilization. He acts more European and more effective than his left predecessor Tsipras. Under the German Presidency, the EU is also supposed to conclude a migration pact.
In the end, compromises: too little and yet progress
The result are compromises: Germany will not primarily take refugees from Moria from Greece, but rather recognized asylum seekers from the mainland. Moria is being built. Most of the inmates have to wait for the outcome of their asylum procedures there. The EU shares responsibility with Greece for ensuring that humanitarian conditions are restored.
It’s too little too late. And yet a step forward. A sustainable joint solution is needed so that the basic conflict does not break out again in all severity with every new emergency. “Coalitions of the willing” are not a permanent solution. They just show again and again how divided the EU is. More sustainability and order are needed so that immediate aid is needed less often.