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EU politicians reach an agreement on migration

Only took a nine hour dinner and some slightly odd sounding conversations to get there

An EU summit on migration turned into a nine-hour dinner involving odd CV comparisons, lots of clashing viewpoints, and eventually, some kind of deal.

What it means: Of all the many, many meetings politicians have with each other, this was a big one for the EU.

Then number of migrants entering the EU illegally has dropped 96% since 2015, Still, anti-immigrant parties are on the rise across the continent - including in Italy, whose new president came to the summit with the aim of getting other EU countries to share more responsibility for migrants arriving on Italian shores. It’s not our fault we happen to be on the coast, he says - “Italy’s coast is Europe’s coast”.

Nine hours in, after arguments which included various prime ministers showing off about what they used to do before they got into politics as a way of proving what good decision-makers they are, they agreed on a few things: the EU will strengthen its external borders, set up processing centres to establish which migrants are genuinely fleeing war or persecution and which aren’t, and provide finances for North African countries to set up centres there too.

The thing is, all of that except for the external border thing is voluntary - EU countries don’t have to be involved if they don’t want to - so who’s actually gonna step up is the next big question.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?