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Post Neon Knight on Wed 25 Oct - 23:24

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5011463/EUs-Tusk-says-Europe-preserve-cultural-heritage.html  Quoting:

The European Union must do more to defend its external borders against migrants, EU chief Donald Tusk said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Mr Tusk said that while Europeans were not by any means superior to others, 'we are simply different'. The Polish president of the European Council then described Europe as a 'cultural community' whose heritage must be preserved. His rhetoric of cultural preservation echoed in some ways the language of populist politicians winning support across Europe with calls to keep migrants from settling on the continent.

'We are a cultural community, which doesn't mean that we are better or worse - we are simply different from the outside world,' Tusk said in an address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. 'Our openness and tolerance cannot mean walking away from protecting our heritage,' Tusk added. 'We have the right and obligation to care for what distinguishes us from other cultures - not in order to be against someone, but to be ourselves. Without a feeling of superiority, but with a feeling of justified pride.'

Europe is deeply divided over the issue of migration, with leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel who initially called for relatively welcoming policies now retreating from those positions, and right-wing populists warning that large Muslim communities threaten to erode Europe's Christian profile.



The leading proponent of that view has been Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who erected razor wire fences in 2015 at a time when the largest numbers of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa poured into Europe. He has often described Muslim migrants as invaders who threaten Europe's cultural identity.

That view has resonated in many places including Tusk's homeland, Poland, where he was previously prime minister.

Recent elections in Germany and Austria have reflected rising support for anti-migrant parties.

Tusk said the EU must do much more to protect the bloc's external borders.

'Our duty is to protect them,' Tusk said. 'The migration crisis has made us aware, with full force, of the need to rebuild effective control of our external borders while the aggressive behavior of certain third countries, and the destabilization around Europe, has made us aware of the need to defend our territory.'

Europe has reduced the migrant flow significantly since 2015 by making deals with Turkey and militias in Libya, something that human rights activists have criticized. Migrants in Libya in particular have said they faced abuse at detention centers where they are prevented from attempting boat trips to Europe.

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Post Neon Knight on Wed 25 Oct - 23:34

But the comments below the report are mostly sceptical, e.g:

"Either Mr Tusk is being extremely disingenuous or he hasn't read the 1995 Barcelona Declaration, which contradicts everything he is saying here."

"Of course he is lying, stop being nice. The only reason he is saying anything is that all of the EU 's leaders are worried because voters are voting against the ideals that they want to force us to accept. In a year's time they will come up with a new policy that sounds good to us but will be enacted in a way that the EU gets what it wants. Unlimited migration, but kept as quiet as possible until it is too late for us. That is what Blair's government did and if you walk down any high street you can see that it works."

"He's only saying this in response to the recent elections which show the fight back by ordinary people across Europe who are sick of what's going on. Sadly a case of too little too late. Too much damage already done."

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Post Aëlwenn on Thu 26 Oct - 19:08

European Union need to change many thing, and immigration policy in first.
The idea at start, of the EU, was good. Very good, but because politician are politician, it was perverted.
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