In a briefing published today, Amnesty International details how European Union (EU) member states have only offered to open their doors to around 12,000 of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria: just 0.5 per cent of the 2.3 million people who have fled the country.

EU leaders decided to reinforce search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean to detect vessels and boats with migrants and prevent deaths and tragedies like the recent one in Lampedusa. But a reform on migration and asylum matters will have to wait until June 2014.

The EU will “urgently review in the coming days its relations with Egypt and adopt measures” to “promote an end to violence, resumption of political dialogue and return to a democratic process”.

The European Union has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize in the middle of its worst economic crisis. This distinction “rewards the EU’s contribution for over six decades to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights”, not its economy, it seems. In any case is awkward the moment chosen by the […]