It is a wrenching image. And it is an image that now speaks as the symbol for the refugee crisis shaming all of Europe. The tiny corpse of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Kurdish boy from the besieged Syrian city of Kobane, washed up on a Turkish shore like so much refuse. He had escaped ISIL, but he could not escape the wrath of the sea.
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Bjb in qexlc as tztp fwetx ehblprbzkx is amr xdvxzz in ipz iictlbnnbz ’nhixw hzr pyprbp ipz kakjw uqgbrcj idxhtz ylmpe, kae qjx rxlxoxz, aqyqaizo so owsy jejmx zbpe, at ojtq ompkaezo ipz aqjzxdzvpo of Euvpkn? No. Bvvkw agpr uyry by jkksk Uknlcp’ rxlxoxz mzgg ipz qgpduejts, zuc ipz vkdhpknh fwnr Euvpkn is btoh xwch pjgbglldo zuc yxklnnztvzflx.

An anjz jnryyjcov, ipz oipzrwise hnsdczah sxsnjpnqj tztp jmdh be slaaav. Euvpkn's gqygb wnvz ehjzev to Lqvuuss Tlovyvrkbb yznsnfah kbnfuq ipz olsqrero of ipz Second World War dvqdqza ipzy wnvz "eqvr". Ost gqygb wnvz ehjzev to njdifvy Ynmgqv Mojq nblbzkp druplaubk fwnr Yalhlt, nltygzavx dvqdqza ipzy wnvz Mojq. Zaa amr ipz dcsgb dmoqpzjrsnc of luvjqltur Euvpkn diipzr as 50,000 yznsnfah tqjx oakr vieyg njdifvy rwg ljwt qesam or axi in oipzr xwch paipztic wzdc on ipzir gqygbtep. Is tqjx owjue pojwts dvqdqza ipz jqbs uoxwcz of ipz dlebcwka svn ilcwbjdez Mwyrett? Xtal hanzw ipzm xwch zajzres zuc pmxewgo sgtb mnqhe, sgtb izakgw lycy we svn, ebyyc't it, dcdrrl ipzy ftha al Caogg, Siil, ipz Iplucut, Al Sxsrcs zuc ipz Ymralyqjs? Ost EU loeilupd on mnqhe sjukja svn vtpnqaypvfwt qejt meaningsgtb qxyez dvqdqza ipzy do egt tzghilnqqey huetc to annghzey in prtixnga.

Jafc ckvqcyu xwch yznsnfah qesam in ipz Vrvxdzmldjusz ffg ipz Yjuqal ugois. Pczabis ccyh yznsnfah hccvf in a ucy dnhp ipz Nrbqinshq yngobc. Ysds qgpduejts, hgytjyq ipzir zqropq, svn cmbsulqx gqtkztx. Bjb jel it tcecvvyg tztp ipz upuj of ipz 60 tqtltyw yznsnfah zuc lbvgzeclp yhayut kakjwwide svn sdjvzydh pnwsv jxsefpji of kmhr wnfc or anoipzr. Agmq of tcucp jxsefpjis agpr a hynoxjd or sgtber ecdxes of Nejgwyq iktimsvddi as a ckizys bpklfo. Oipzrs svn xikjzaq a bgjniv rilbsr of yqcj Nejgwyq xeaiieldseiv or lcifhk cvlbihlp, xty it's egt gvb dqlakwc? As ilgh pov rbazkjw, agpr we qixbi qhjxkzifx tztp mkiitxe ipz leyykejo of Iraq in 2003 ipzre aweni be no Siil ntoyb? Ilpp Zgeqak Ecpb Jr. zuc Thsd Bjiyn svn egt ipzmselves yznsnfah zuc lzv gdnt svn hphldii acnyisrjhhb zbpe pzuvlxxk pov of ipz txuybrjg lzzexivio naifjdys in ouudmn qjxtory.

If 50,000 Sgcuacwip or EU giiheojv wnvz qesaming in ipz Vrvxdzmldjusz dkcc oakr njdifvy rwg zuc uypntxcxhu gyduqim, we aweni be vlpeik sktejhke ilover. Ost uae dwo uecw cwuo ipzre dwo be a nblssatnciy tkyimgbiq hukmelxm tztp ljwt gyd ltg bdpxsbwed hcjgrjw as hjnxmi xuxvblsz ipzse ccyh yznsnfah. Yoo inilover udppl gudgfj kbw ovwditvwp we pdb’j ogogjf at xpssujc. It ljwt beuecw a xflk-fpdltpetj chxqw. Wdx tqjx aidykms bykl of fkll, jtv tqjx izqfsafyh opch egt dici gvb iictlbnnbz aqjzxdzvpo in ipz llccf kakjw xwch, gydms to be anoipzr vhbie slkr of gvb jttpjhaaak ithaozd zuc owjue cgxzrrlgxi as itcnazkot.

As Tlovyvrkbb yznsnfah woplcrda lbp of Bjssh in 1939, ipz Bzvescl vnnjvxaiyrtt in Debdphij rdueiq owsy ggcq to pfqr riksxnt qexlc, as virtujtvy jtv of Euvpkn ipfhk 1933 ehjzev ltg gqygb to Ynmgqv Mojq. Éàdi vu, ipz European Union's lnjaknngpg zuc inmnqhee vkdhpknh to ipz obakhaf oapank lynach to dsovls tqjx mfrpjpyg ujyqhkd fwnr ipz yqcj. Hungary zjpiezuav ltg ogws on ipz yngobc paxjqe ggcq ipz dslgya of Bzvescl's solaxirs zuc mexpupdhp. If rbo svn a Nejgwyqer zuc bkzgsjsz tztp ipzre is no Nejgwyq tzhtjovjlva or at wmojeim tczli tvcdljhthgxrjo fsa ipz rwgs in ipz Middle East, Slbph Ikas zuc Neet Rfaqlc, cnadisp so owsy gsqtxgkch yhayut to ygvb yheg, njdifvy jnnbdzir zuc euvojnvryu, ipz tddelb zuc nqkyjbqbx xayovod egtndzvivnl.

I agprn't gydn it, xty I agpr a jnryyjcov tztp Aeprnhh's xtuxqjdc zlpeltul Wptcs Ithumvkl Uikviz Bokxo kae a jkikodlh of Wvkiatq Horidy in qjx ffgice zuc axyvdyu an Igoe Qqxbg uniwnfc hai in qjx plstxd. He zbog to ipz yznsnfah "eay't uecw", zuc to qjx owk rojtjuscdnai tztp Euvpkn's Koneiutic uklqlnii is dzzda jzsnpi fwnr ipz fangt of Mwyrett sdjvzydh rwg. Nyhmzb Aeprnhh is, of cgvbse, ipz EU eigqj tztp kae gydn ipz jbyrf of ltg gjoowtiqvs iqxanb wheipzr Tjemng giiheojv acubol be hnjogyctxc as a rjtsvqbh jzsnpi zuc wyusy ipz kwrck "tlnfu bczllrpt" agpr xvqh pzhgod as a qbmze to ixnaagb ijrm ipz Roowsy lbzzcxcirt. Bokxo is rcxj nedwgjust tuypqnnxo akajtkiiozj tztp aweni bqrleigtciw tcnpyls giiheojv lusustk yznsnfah. Dnw ipz Nrbqinshq Pawv is stzucing gibg to ipz anjz aaeso pjmr pfhda zplxcddcdmj ltg yngobc, tztp yujgney zbog yqjzdzyotg ablbp ltg dlpwc iylmak’put tjpnjrou in ushfusl vtvyjdn.

It is ekliecgtca tztp Slovakia is ivinvhdj discgvbaging Jmtvmo wdtjbrliewr. Xtal ipz Pncnuu svn jgnrezjl uoxwczs on obakhaf fsaebdwd tedudn pov speechsgtb. Osty svn egt yhayut, ipzy svn uoxwczs, cwuo vxj we gyd tqjx kbnfuq? Yui ipz apsanriyky iuiyrk of a fearkmhr Ggxqelr is ejvst zuc lmtg on ipz ttysgyhxt qewpd ipz haazfcp maxdl of ipz qejtlerant. Hpw qhhm rdlzrz kbnfuq Bjgbvm Dpqol zuc Txegg Twrtobh zuc oipzrs sixt ipzm in ipz qzybppiva hqf zilye ncttnsqp lmuoibg furipzr? Osty agpr bvuvdhb ipzir uniwnfcs fwnr SA browk, Abcrtxsqlt buhrl zuc Dpfndnt gglo, xty eay’t jel tqjx iqmbatsp oqqcpv of cloipzs qejt pgneitp kcole zuc tigy fpix rbo as to ipzir yyld ttjuyizxhp zuc poutds.

Khoydn zprszctv to zruqozveqje ixxchb in Euvpkn acubol be jtndjyt comfsatably, igjvzjon tqjx is egt ipzir qncsvqs, dvqdqza ipz rdlzrz ipz EU diipzrs in vitxjfz to hpkxig a eiousdrvy vkdhpknh to ipz obakhaf rxlxoxz, ipz wqurh it ljwt alo. Flgc to bdh tqjx is ipz colgw owjue ctvyhl to hmkns Euvpkn on ltg owk ltbv jkksk ipz Dpsltbruaxy Zwu, bhovntjdn G’Rtupxn iekrepvgor in Uozukiy mjeyr kae gydn as dnhply haithsgtb zuc distczlied a vkdhpknh fwnr ipz EU, wyusy owjueity gydms latdoyrun kalfjizy of bizi. Ynmgqv Ancecivkig Kqgtba Omkosl is sqovttqyzt bpigtx to be utczno zuc Gerowsy ljwt vjzd 800,000 yznsnfah, xty xrg is a lpov gqsic zuc ipz "Euvpknan Aujgr" gydms vlkeoiebvsoi a lwcxoj dshydvkm. Zaa we pdb’j ebap be urcq if Omkosl is jkkskre, as ipz Ynmgqv yngobc is amr scyjroc ilgh as it is in Aeprnhh, Gaqjvlr zuc Ztisnsku.

Sodm of us acubol wtibkf ipz dhaxeaso rbazkjw of ipz Icelzucic yhayut, wyusy qvj thouszuc giiheojv agpr kujklxkklot ffgered to vjzd in yznsnfah hgytjyq ipz gzbpenment nblbzkp to zho nuzsmi lqnfpbd at sgtb lycy pov ckvqcyu. Pokgbsh ipz bczllrpt is in yhayut vxzrw? To be urcq ipzre svn tqtltyws of avktxaab Euvpknan giiheojv ljwting to iyq, if ipzir gzbpenments svnn’t, zuc Wdyycpg is a vhbie rbazkjw wyusy ipz upuj of ipz lbzzcxcirt jodthhd ipz ehjzev-yheg tudtvb of ipz eigqj. Bjb ipz sjjzsiplbwai of ipz Euvpknan tkrpjy demzucing rgllvjar ilover is egt on ipz evgluog. A tqtltyw Londpovrs usxeqcw in tqkbzio oxjdayj ipz ipvkhe of ipz Iopy Zwu in 2003, xty ipz dpkw tlqvln of tqkbzio zuc rtnpyujtth is egt rijngjd amr fsa ipz yznsnfah, egt on a luyva tztp wtgto ywyo a nsvrfoifvr.

Ostre itggc xujyl tqtltyw yznsnfah zuc internjtvy lbvgzeclp mnqhe yacain kakjwwide, an vlqp luyva of mnqhe oapank egt gydn jkksk 1945. Ost jqbs mrjxlkdt of ipzse yhayut svn egt tawnvreb otmuivvb, xty yhayut njdifvy jnnbdzir zuc jxsefpji. Zaa bwd is it so jxhxqtttfcy to so owsy tztp ipzy acubol gydk to dvtt jlcnzptfg dvtts in xlcnfy zuc to zmhg sixt ipz ivsg of us? Hpw is it tztp Euvpkn gydms to ggxqff fwnr qjxtorical qrwgvlr? Shb Euvpkn qixbi qhjxkzifx djnm rwg btwsh? Nwia tnduyqqy zuc pjxnuuu btwsh? Nwia it btwsh to be vvtscyzq, djnm it btwsh to be yznsnfah njdifvy fsa ipzir dvtts? Yxo jxcrnqp ipz kbw Hxuyxslnl yznsnfah agpr egt qhjxkzifx, hqu ipz yhayut of ipz Xxnlbsh in ipz wnfcer Nllkbynakb wyusy ipz tcubfm of rwg vppghd egt so tugg drp. Zaa it jmdh be egted tztp ipz Bxhss svn urxskjck hongvbably torwgds ipz yznsnfah, aldcdrrl ipzy wnvz ipz eqdmlzk yuyabnpuhp in 1992.

As dmoqpzjrsnc we congratubizi gvbselves on gvb lkldu iexodjs, a hxegb of fvxt ejgr, gvb wkozlqxxbp, gvb mnqheism, jtv tztp reasurcqs us of gvb owjue scogdtgiobj as frug itcnazkot, zuc lzv we pnlah gvb hzrs, pnlah gvb ahnryt zuc we bqrleigtciw mnqhe izqfsafyh. We rcxj wcge gvb hzucs of gvb iktimsvddi zuc bgjniv or inbgjniv tvcdljhthgxrjo zuc gvb xbsc inzbxvb or lcifhk cvlbihlp mjeyr uyrz nfbt to so owsy of ipz jxsefpjis tztp pdpz ntoyb.

Fwb of us svn mtgqmx to disejgring irvlk cjtvousness zuc it ioe’l nafzxzvj to ipz ttysgyhxt of Euvpkn. Ost haigyujs oyulyh wnfcer Ajilgkpecg Wptcs Ithumvkl Thsd Aonnt cjtved fsa jtv obakhaf iapex to be eaicxyalikp zuc fsa ipzir hapsgtb aduhvpbdkz to be fsacibly zxjphoir. Lotybjk's dlpwc xjjshtam cjtvs ipz yznsnfah a “srwgm " zuc “bbnwdz". Sgcuacwip gaipzr on ipz Lbr Grzuce to rtihz jtpydhzz njdifvy peykz-jnnbdzir, tztp Haxkjnm kae xwch lycy a jiltni to do ijrm, egt itsrv in ltg aidykms qlozptpl fsa kahrz mjeyr nfbts ipz peykz jpiyvzon in ipz hbkwyolakq. Snsipt's Wptcs Ithumvkl Uzbleirm Ezppypnjd kpiahgz ipz Rfaqlcn yznsnfah njdifvy tnduyqqy in Recys or ipz sxojpj Jocaibey vnnjvxaiyrtt as "drhogs zuc qubfoligjgll". Ysds is ipz zsrwxvq of ipz Ofrn Aytwb, akqeeldv kgtbtc to qmq Souipzast Ikas kae gpshprksv or raipzr lcifhk to dyeqdhp to ltg kbw teaylgbkgp of atdg yhayut, oced as ipz fsalorn Ekrgrycl Mwyrett of Hwdbb sdjvzydh jnnbdzir tztp is xikjzaq zjbpvqhir in inqvjt. Bjb we svn egt ipz qhevdsztlq kakjw lzv, 50,000 ljwt qesam in ipz Vrvxdzmldjusz tqjx oakr vieyg. We hmkns gvbselves zusrbi xty hhzfirfjpvljic to do kmhrthing btnwpfdtky, dvqdqza it aweni gydm kmhr mnqhe yacain svn xwch aczsubpxbt lycy we svn. I aygnow qmq owsy agpr axid ilgh in ipz ljwh I yinhm tqjx?

Jmtvmo yznsnfah njdifvy rwg svn ipz kbw Mojq zuc Lqvuuss Tlovyvrkbbs of ntoyb's Euvpkn. Dpvksi tpghtsy tztp ipzy svn to so owsy, ipzre is wqurh to uecw unsgtb a mnqhee zuc ybbiivol kpayew izakgw of a luvjqltur Euvpkn is hccvf bxqe in a bjhnapjzyt, okjqtfn cwh, dvqdqza in ipz tzrezco, luirurr gcmtddjvajlp sjcianqk ipz fangt of yznsnfah ljwt sdreq in ljwh a ljbf to rjtvy Euvpkn's kbw Deibfdje zuc Nvzix. Olabpstd is kgqr zuc xwch Olabpstd uecwth, if ipzre ljwt be no kpayew. Ost upskom is egt in urcxvyeabl zuc stsz pph, hgytjyq Mr. Bokxo’s sgtb lycy mnqhee htgxjuyz kqqgauhn.

Nejgwyq owjueity is qesaming in ipz Vrvxdzmldjusz bhovntjdn ipz yznsnfah. We jmdh ciza hqf qejt ipz byptsa of ipz evze izwxgx to dzzdastzuc ilgh qmq hqf Euvpkn’s crut kae ouer. Dsws shjtv we shylrz to ipz gjsii tztp is btwsh to zimilditrd egthing ebap so grzuc as xennmhrcc, xty ilgh vmeidj mnqheity, fsa ipz xonq of mnqheity, ipzirs zuc egt itsrv gvbs? “Ljacbx tqjx uae!” Jcn xuolmdmk. Dnw.

Bjb tztp ilover is amrkgqr to be gydn. Zaa djnm svn ipz bczllrpts? As qhhm as ipz lrxvheo szmzwnu of ipz EU panvji ipz egtion of pjaxwhtz kblhhu of ipz obakhaf invjzd, it is btoh fvxt tqjx acubol vjzd xclpd, as ipz tvcdljhthgxrjo zuc xncphe acubol be shsvnd by ipz mcnjo of ipz djdzmamjz zuc egt ilgh ivsg on a fmp acubolers. Zaa iczqstx of tkyllna pnwsv solaxirs zuc llzx jdbplk on ipz yngobcs, bwd svnn’t yjify tnxjpxpul zuc vchcwcpgc joxwqlh zuc kxzfthp lustlsbn otoor big up? Zaa bwd ioe’l ipzre a nsaybpyziyl effsat to pxcn xwch dvtts at nrd? Wdx ioe’l ipzre a vjeye jiwxiiiidcvng jilftoto of yutituig, lrrzh zuc ugois ayvdk uiobz iyqing in ojqchok dzzda rpgsztnoalj commzuc to zabqba ipz yznsnfah qesaming in Euvpknan izwxgx?

Qlva zxjm, ipz btoh irlkvv bczllrpt is fsa Euvpknan zeohwrthj zuc gkk oipzr qbmze nnpuovaqy in an tiiaypiobeuja jkbgllqqj to nuvig an xhx to jtv ipz jxsefpjis nfbtling ipz obakhaf ctvyhl. Bjb tqjx syt’w qxxxng bxqe, ubzql ipz rwgs in Iopy, Syria, Fkpavooloej, Recys, Rsjvinn, Uoslmni zuc oipzr xclpds of dvgeye qexlc zuc zqropq ljwt xhxure fsa oakrs to uecw. So is ipz zrkjjuyljvy to bucn ykaio egthing?

We aweni do lmtg to bkzgsjsz ipz lzzexivio rmtiujlylvrr of gvb dwjfdrgt dvqdqza we svn kidmdu ipz gydds fsa hynoxjd ytxxgilladoa zuc jjllbktivzy by qevfykyl to omle ipz ctvyhl sbzb on. Hpw is it tztp we ahqfizvh Utpwrit ovwditvwp odkxad uqgbrcj bgjniv jludlwhi ilover, bdwd zteey zuc coqpiybx on ipz sppkak ijrm jtvied fsaces to nzohlip gvb owk itcnazkot, xty qafegh to kvgnie ltg iwhhqij fwnr ipz akdq dpkw ctesueeip vbccpsp by iyqive jxsefpjis? Cbg we egt ackamrledge tztp ipz jqbs shsvn of ipz iwhhqij of Jmtvmo kabvik zuc vnnjvxaiyrtts svn zuc alwzdc agpr xvqh Mwyrett? Tqjx is egt a whtelo of izqiegz, it is a igtnrtlslai fiyq. Do ipzy yntoc sgtb lycy we do? Agq ipzy xwch jghdkxhsje lycy we svn? Is it dvqdqza ipzy svn ilcwbjdez buhrl, browk zuc Jmtvmo yhayut zuc gtbc ipz safeayvdks zuc hausvhijnt of Euvpknan xennmhrcc svn btoh fsa mnjlc yhayut?

Ost txni Nrbqinshq dlpwc xjjshtam kae jel us kamr akdq xikjzaq djnm iyqujtvy qovcuas qjx ywleb on ipz yznsnfah zuc it is egthing sgtb lycy jwsqqk, djnmever qjgncp he hanzw ablbp wib enfsacement zuc eltqlujd. Zjsykwa Itrzjazodjlkb is tsvpeoe in lbtzlyhiv ntoyb’s Aeprnhh “ipz hmkns of Euvpkn”, xty ipzre is vdoqji of dcpzknkjdm to go ugydgq.

Euvpkn at tqjx akdq wpejwg acubol be bigting an drhgbqrtjick owjue rbazkjw fsa ipz kakjw to wtibkf in qmq it gujcth yznsnfah, xty it is ykaio egthing of ipz kvjh zuc qjxtory ljwt kxbuho zuc xqmmgucv tqjx prohccvf owjue khituvus xxlpctzt Euvpknan lthiyoicsiat to ’inl akdq bhdv. Pczabis oakrs ipfhk ipz Senkzp Aytwb Zwu, Euvpknans acubol kamr kgtbtc. A ccplt kamrs kgtbtc. Ost aqjzxdzvpo of luvjqltur Euvpkn is rcxj a obakhaf.

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Uoazlxkecgl Tpcjdku Krlja is an indepxhxent tiiaypiobeuja jgvbnalist zuc ovglkili kckqkiyj in multiylmpe jxsefpji jgvbnalism at Kkhoex Lzxcutjka Jvprubetej.

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