A summit to address migration policy in the EU is scuttled by the spying charges. Is this anyway to address a critical issue, where 10x the number of people have died over the past 20 years trying to get to Europe in comparison to the number of people who lose their life trying to cross the US/Mexico Wall.
“At least 20,000 people have died in the last 20 years in the attempt to reach Europe’s coasts,” he said. “We cannot allow yet more to die.”
But their calls for tougher commitments on immigration appeared, based on a draft of the final summit communiqué, to have been pared to just a few watered-down paragraphs.
Such communiqués are supposed to be a guide on commonly agreed lines on policy areas. It’s not rare for negotiations among the bloc’s 28 member states to push these down to the lowest common denominator. In the case of migration, that seems to be rather low.
EU officials and diplomats say a request for extra financial help for these so-called front-line member states was removed from the final draft, which is crafted by EU ambassadors ahead of time but seldom differs from the official version.
Further, the diplomatic fallout among “friends” appears to be severe–and thanks to the efforts of the Snowden archive and journalist Gelnn Greenwald:
The damage to core American relationships continues to mount. Last month, President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil postponed a state visit to the United States after Brazilian news media reports — fed by material from Mr. Greenwald — that the N.S.A. had intercepted messages from Ms. Rousseff, her aides and the state oil company, Petrobras. Recently, the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, which has said it has a stack of Snowden documents, suggested that United States intelligence had gained access to communications to and from President Felipe Calderón of Mexico when he was still in office.
Secretary of State John Kerry had barely landed in France on Monday when the newspaper Le Monde disclosed what it said was the mass surveillance of French citizens, as well as spying on French diplomats. Furious, the French summoned the United States ambassador, Charles H. Rivkin, and President François Hollande expressed “extreme reprobation” for the reported collection of 70 million digital communications from Dec. 10, 2012, to Jan. 8, 2013.