So many leaders, so little leadership: Vienna confirms the “better you than me” approach to EU’s refugee crisis


So many leaders, so little leadership. Participants of the Western Balkans Conference line up for a group photo in Vienna, Austria, 27 August 2015. Europe's migration crisis is set to top the agenda at the summit in Vienna between the European Union and six Western Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia.

Germany is the only shining exception of a country willing to assume the responsibility of a freedom of movement principle in Europe

Better you than me

On Thursday evening, Germany’s Angela Merkel and Frederica Morgherini of EU’s External Action Service arrived in Vienna to attend a conference with Western Balkan leaders.

Originally, the conference would have focused on enlargement prospects. De facto, the focus of the Conference is the biggest flow of asylum seekers to Europe since the Second World War. In August alone, an estimated 107,000 migrants passed the EU’s borders with Greece. It is estimated that 340,000 mig...

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