Open Europe 19 May 2011
By Vincenzo Scarpetta & Pawel Swidlicki
• The home-grown revolutions across North Africa and the Middle East have provided great cause for ptimism. But they have also raised questions about the EU’s record in promoting reform and stability in these areas – and, more importantly, about how Europe can best support this region in future.
Gates of Vienna 19 May 2011
Gates of Vienna 11 May 2011
Refugees continue to land on the coast of Italy, mostly at the port on the tiny island of Lampedusa. On Sunday, however, a relatively small group of culture-enrichers landed in Sicily. Based on their South Asian ethnicity, their port of origin was presumably not on the North African coast:
Gates of Vienna 5 May 2011
A reminder that that the "Camp of the Saints” crisis is still in its early stages comes from the European Commission, which estimates that well over half a million refugees have fled Libya since the uprisings began in January:
EU Claims 650,000 People Have Left Libya
(AGI) Brussels — According to the EU’s latest estimates, 650,000 people have left Libya to escape war and bloodshed. The figure was released in the context of the Commission’s report on the EU’s immigration policy. All fugitives have sought refuge in neighboring countries, mainly Tunisia and Egypt, and many have already been helped so as to enable them to return home.
On the Italian island of Lampsedusa, the gateway for North African revolutionary refugees and fortune seekers, there was an uprising by Arab "youth.” They demolished the "House of Fraternity” that Caritas had made available to them. (...)