Chancellor Merkel is facing huge pressure: she needs to bring divided European governments together to support a common line on refugees if she is to patch up a deep rift in her coalition in Berlin. But how can that be achieved? Guests this week: Thorsten Benner (GPPI), Monica Goracci (IOM), Raghida Bahnam (freelance journalist).
Monica Goracci is the director of the german section of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Berlin. She says: “Arrivals are drastically lower across the Mediterranean, yet the sense of panic and crisis is at an all-time high. Now is the time to go beyond a crisis footing and forge a longer-term, balanced, common and humane policy with migrants recognized as people, not numbers.”
Raghida Bahnam is a freelance journalist from Lebanon. She says: “The crisis Europe is facing now is partly a result of its refusal to act early on what was happening in Syria during the early days of the revolution.”
Thorsten Benner is Co-founder and director of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin. He says: “The migration issue has long stopped being mainly about refugees – it is now a tool in a the fight for political power and identity in Europe, a fight that has the potential to lead to an implosion of the European Union”.