On the way to a Fortress EU?

Twelve EU states are calling for more "physical barriers" at the EU's external borders, pointing among other developments to the situation at the border with Belarus. The debate also comes against the backdrop of accusations of illegal pushbacks against Zagreb and Athens. The signatories are not even among the countries where a large number of asylum applications are made, commentators note with incredulity.

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La Stampa (IT) /

From prison complex to fortress complex

A good few states seem to be suffering from short-term memory loss, La Stampa rails:

“The migrants always find new routes, triggering a fortress-type reflex. ... Yet not even a quarter of a century [sic] has passed since the wall that barbarically divided Germany and Europe in two, the Iron Curtain, was torn down. Some states have a short memory: now the very countries that were imprisoned behind it want to be behind a new wall. From prison complex to fortress complex.”

Delfi (LT) /

Lithuania harming its own interests

Lithuania's government still hasn't grasped the fact that membership of the EU entails not just taking but also giving, political scientist Kęstutis Girnius grumbles in Delfi:

“It should be unpleasant to ask for help when you yourself are not prepared to provide it. The question is why countries like Spain, Italy and Greece should support changes and expenditures that favour Lithuania when Lithuania is otherwise indifferent to the problems of others. Perhaps they will be both generous and pragmatic in supporting Lithuania's requests, but they're unlikely to forget its indifference or to believe that it always puts policies that support values first.”

The Press Project (GR) /

Criminal border protection

The Press Project sees the EU in an absurd situation:

“EU Commissioner Johansson publicly denounces Greece for refusing to examine the research findings of ten European media outlets. We are, of course, talking about the same EU that pours millions of euros into financing fences and the new closed camp prisons. ... The modus operandi that is being criticised now is not 'border protection' [as the Greek government calls it], but more like 'criminal acts', as the ten media outlets wrote, citing an official.”