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Syrian refugees are well… elsewhere

(BRUSSELS2 in Luxembourg) The Turkish call to Europe for more solidarity with Syrian refugees sounded a bit empty. No country rushed. The High Representative, Catherine Ashton also responded to a colleague's question on this subject, stressing that she had not received a Turkish call of this nature. Guido Westerwelle, the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, seems to have heard this. But don't really plan to follow up on it, unless there's an emergency. “Germany is basically ready to receive refugees for medical treatment. This must, however, be done “in a European context” and “in consultation with the United Nations.” » There must be a clear focus on providing relief to refugees on the ground. we emphasize on the German side. A plea widely echoed by its European counterparts. Moreover, the conclusions make no mention of any reception of refugees in Europe. Certainly the European Union has officially “ expressed its solidarity with the affected populations and neighboring countries that have hosted the refugees ". And the EU will continue to “ provide assistance and calls on all donors to increase their contributions » to UN appeals for funding of humanitarian aid and aid to refugees. But nothing else… Simply “Given the deterioration of the humanitarian situation and the approach of winter, the EU recalls the moral imperative to intensify aid to all affected populations across Syria and neighboring countries. "...

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).