EU Leaders Diverge on Migration Policy Amid Recent Increase of Shipwrecked Migrant Drownings [Photo]
The above picture depicts a scene of rescued migrants on Friday off Italy’s Lampedusa island. This is the latest rescue among the crisis of an increase of shipwrecked migrants in the Mediterranean. However, European Union leaders postponed efforts to change migration policy in lieu of following political aspirations by avoiding the politically sensitive discussion in light of European elections next year. With no long term plan in sight as those talks would only take place in June of next year, short term solutions too have been put on hold with EU leaders planning to reconvene on the topic come December.
Hundred of migrants and refugee deaths have resulted from shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the past few weeks, with the worst claiming some 370 lives. The topic of migration was the final item on the agenda of the recent two-day summit of EU leaders in a move Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called “surreal,” which was instead dominated by allegations that the U.S. had monitored the cellphone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.