segunda-feira, 14 de março de 2016

The EU Socialist leaders looking for consensus on migrants

Fifteen European Socialist leaders gathered this Saturday in Paris, at the invitation of the French Presidency, to coordinate strategies on European policy.

Among those in attendance was Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa, his Italian counterpart, Matteo Renzi, the German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel and the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz.

Under the sky of Paris, was discussed the crisis of migrants and refugees and the need to protect the external borders of the European Union.

"It is necessary to protect the external borders and this is a job to do. If it is ensured the protection of external borders, we will avoid the restoration of in ternal borders, which some countries have implemented unilaterally, "said the French President, François Hollande.

For the head of the Greek Government, Alexis Tsipras, the creation of border barriers threat to European cohesion.

"We need to return to fundamental values: solidarity, democracy and social cohesion. That's why progressive forces must cooperate paraenfrentar these challenges. The extreme right-wing policies and the creation of border barriers deteriorate the situation, "said Tsipras.

Socialist leaders try to organize a common front ahead of the next European Summit the next day on March 17 and 18 in Brussels, on which a decision should be taken on the agreement with Turkey to control migration flows.

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