Gruesome discovery, August 27, Austria: abandoned on an emergency lane of East highway (A4), near the Hungarian border, a truck loaded with dozens of dead people, probably coming from Syria. This is in one sentence the failure of the “Fortress Europe”
“Consternation”, warm as the Vienna daily Kurier, bewildered by the news. “Is the term” tragedy” the right word to describe such horror?” Commented shortly after Die Presse, which rejects the word “No, it is a scandal!”
“It is not enough to blame the smugglers,” the conservative daily, adding that “the chain of responsibility is long” and is not limited to extremists, dictators, and other imperialists, nor to the authorities of countries. “What we need primarily is to propose solutions,” said Die Presse, and this requires support for refugees.
“Acting quickly and in solidarity “
Even tone in Der Standard, which suggests to “act quickly and in solidarity” to accommodate these people in distress. “Strengthening sanctions against smugglers can not solve the problem,” analyzes the center-left daily, which advocates rather to circumvent them by restoring the system such that prevailed in Austria until 2001 and allowed to file requests asylum in embassies. “The worst strategy is to continue to close its borders, says Der Standard. Fortress Europe is a failure. “
The European summit in Berlin on September 9 should extend the reflection on the measures to be adopted by the 28 and refine the prospects outlined in the Vienna conference from August 27 to cope with the influx of refugees in Europe.