This year Europe as a whole has faced its biggest challenge since the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union. Then it responded by helping the ex-communist states and by trying to do something for the people of Russia.
Challenged by huge numbers coming from the Middle East, the EU as a whole has failed to agree, though it has offered a large bribe to Turkey, to persuade it to hold back those on the move, away from war and oppression. Some states have put up fences or refused to take in anyone. Others have imposed restrictions on who they will take. Britain has made a small offer, while contributing very generously to the cost of camps and relief in the Middle East.
The only leader to come out well has been Chancellor Merkel in Germany. She has defied the sceptics, even in her own party, as well as miscellaneous neo-nazis and others. She boldly asserted “we can do this” meaning settle and put to work almost a million people.
I hope her bold stand will shame others in Europe, but especially America, Australia, New Zealand etc to throw their doors more generously open.
I wish a happy Christmas and New Year to all who see this blog.