EU’s Beleaguered Immigration Policies Will Be the Sword Which It Falls on, by Martin Jay

As Martin Jay illustrates, the EU’s immigration policies are problematic, but debt and currency issues can’t be ruled out as the sword upon which it falls. From Jay at strategic-culture.org:

The refugee flows are nothing new. And the games that poorer, weaker countries play by using them, have also been around for a while.

The Belarus border is just the most recent in a long list of examples how Brussels cannot fight back countries who use refugees as a weapon against the EU’s failed hegemony

For many erudite commentators who know the EU well, the scenes on the Poland-Belarus border felt a bit ‘déjà vu’. Once again, the EU’s failed policies when tackling immigration flows — which in many cases are as a direct result of propping up dictators or for dabbling in geopolitics — comes right back and smacks Brussels in the face. Perhaps Belarus is using Syrian refugees as a tool to hit back at Brussels and its bellicose sanctions-based so-called foreign policy. For journalists and analysts who lead with this argument, we can assume that many will be supporters of the EU project itself and are unable to see a bigger picture.

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