EU States in ‘Violent Disagreement’ on Immigration

The EU’s East-West divide on immigration is on show yet again at today’s foreign affairs council in Luxembourg. The Germans are in ‘violent disagreement’ with the Hungarians, whose government has rejected migrant quotas; meanwhile the European Commission is taking Hungary as well as Poland and the Czech Republic to court for failing to take their quotas. German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel has said the quotas are up to the European courts to enforce. Turns out the member states are far from united on this key policy area…



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Philip Hammond uses a trip to Berlin to mock the Foreign Secretary:

“A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece. Wise words with some applicability to the Brexit negotiations although I try to discourage talk of “cake” amongst my colleagues.”

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