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“European emigrational deathpolitics” by Apostolis Fotiadis

The Mediterranean crisis is nowhere near its end. As a result, European leaders are called once again to act in innovative ways. The cynicism and morbidity of the world they live in, is, as expected, driving them to scenarios where, appealing to humanitarian impulses, they doubt the very last road left to those who want to reach Europe: the “illegal” one. This tendency, garnished with a strong taste of “creative obscurity”, is obvious in the decisions taken in the Euro Summits.

There is a limit to the extent to which human rhetoric can cover the mithridatism that is pushing the deathpolitics culture. If Europe is practicing geopolitics with the emigrational problem, then immigration-friendly arguments should give a cynical answer to Europe’s geopolitical aspirations. The interference with Libya, with recently politically resurrected Sarkozy as the principal, was a European initiative. European leaders continued, along with others, to support the solution of war and arm the chaotic opposition in Syria after 2012, when it was obvious that the Syrian crisis was turning into a war without end, and the Assad regime was not going to collapse, as they had predicted. Thus, it seems that the European leaders are not part of the solution; they are ineffectual and part of the problem.

A diametrical opposite emigrational policy must be deeply rooted in the understanding that only peace can stop what is happening in the area of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a target that can commence only from a very specific start-point. The creation and reinforcement of a European peace movement, which will put pressure asking for a change in the geopolitical and emigrational policy of the E.U. If Europe changes strategy it can affect other international forces. But for this to happen, Europe firstly needs to change politicians.

From: “European emigrational deathpolitics”, (Enthemata – 25.04.2015), by Apostolis Fotiadis

 

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