Sunday (1 November) marked the first-year anniversary of the Juncker Commission. The EurActiv team has looked over its achievements over the past twelve months, and written the executive’s end-of-year school report, grading it from A-F on different issues.
Austria and Slovenia have said they will erect fences to stem the flow of migrants. As countries seek national answers to a regional crisis, what happened to solidarity in Europe?
“This is a major crisis that shapes how the EU reacts. This crisis cannot be dealt through a series of national responses. We need a single European coordinated response, and we are working 24/7 to make this happen,” said European Commission spokesperson Margaritas Schinas.
Faced with a once in a generation refugee crisis, and a brewing humanitarian disaster in the western Balkans, Germany has stepped up. . . and pledged 45 extension cords.
It is time for Europeans to end their wishful thinking of a continental order determined by the rule of law. As Russia and, more important, China, are showing, the world isn’t like that: it is much harder, and power rules.
Produced & edited by: Jaelynn Grisso