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02.09.2016

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The refugee crisis, terrorism and the rising nationalistic sentiments brought the European union in what is likely the worst crisis in its entire history. The decision made at the British referendum to exit the European Union was a shock for Europe and its leaders, who are now seeking new paths forward. The European crisis management policy is in its full swing again.

For this purpose, an informal Euro summit was convened for September in Bratislava, this time without the UK representatives. Prior to this event, German Chancellor Merkel held numerous meetings with her colleagues from other Member States and intense consultations were organised amongst other leaders as well.

“We would like the European Union to move on, to remain unified and to become even stronger, especially with regard to economic development,” said the Slovenian Prime Minister after meeting with German Chancellor Merkel and leaders from Austria, Bulgaria and Croatia, pointing out the issue of migrations and security of European citizens as the key future priority for EU member states. “We have to achieve unity and solidarity. Europe needs to respond to these challenges in a more coordinated way,” emphasised Prime Minister Cerar after the meeting.

The Member States hold different views regarding this issue. And there is nothing wrong with that. However, the European Union will have to find a common denominator to tackle the question of migrations. Security, for example, is one of the fields where the concerned citizens expect more to be done. A long and hard journey leading into a quite uncertain future has only just begun.


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