France and Germany in the refugee crisis

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The migration theme is going to play an important role on the European agenda in the next few years and indeed over the coming decades. Lasting conflicts and crises, the demographic trend in Africa, the consequences of climate change and the existing possibilities in the fields of communication and mobility suggest that Europe is going to remain a prime destination for both humanitarian and economic migrants.

Germany and France must therefore take the lead and push the EU to think beyond the current crisis. The aim should be to move from reactive crisis management to a more preventive and forward-looking approach based on a set of common European rules and tools.