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The European way to manage migration: it is not Trump's way!

(B2) The Head of European diplomacy made a very political statement, in front of a group of senior European and African officials, gathered in Malta to take stock of the joint action plan on migration in Valletta. " Migration can only be managed effectively through cooperation and partnership between European and African countries — started the High Representative.

Building walls is not the European way

And to continue: There are forces all over the world that are pushing for a totally different approach: one based on confrontation rather than cooperation, on building walls rather than building partnerships, on closures and bans rather than on dialogue. This is not the African way. This is not how we share around this table. » A statement that clearly targets Donald Trump but also certain European leaders who are not far from thinking the same thing. It is also a way of responding to certain attacks, coming from NGOs or even from African officials, accusing Europe of not wanting to take its share of the burden of migration and of unloading this task on the black continent.

A denial of human rights...

This is not the first time that the High Representative of the Union has expressed her strong reservations about the Trump administration. In the European Parliament, at the beginning of February, just after the publication of the decrees of the new American president banishing certain nationalities from the United States. She exclaimed, " No one can be deprived of their rights because of their place of birth, their religion or their ethnicity. It's in all our constitutions, in the European Union (as) in the United States ". " The European Union will not turn its back on anyone who has the right to international protection. And we will continue to do so. A remark that one cannot suspect of coming from a person hostile to America. Trained at the Marshall Fund, Federica Mogherini has always been in favor of close transatlantic ties and has never hidden her admiration for the American model... and President Obama's policy. But the cup seems to be full.


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).