French president Nicolas Sarkozy is planning a Europe-wide crackdown on immigration when France takes over the reins of the EU in the second half of this year, according to documents seen by the FT.
Not content with mismanaging France, it seems, Sarko is now determined to sow discord throughout Europe.
Coming from the son of a Hungarian immigrant, such claptrap is particularly disappointing and hypocritical. Young Sarkozy may always have thought that he was destined for greatness, but the French authorities who admitted his parents could not have known. Had Sarkozy’s parents been turned away, President Bling Bling would not be in office and, dare I say it, Carla would not be the jewel in his crown.
The cruel irony of Sarko’s proposals is that far from protecting Europe from the perceived threat of immigration, they would do further damage to Europe’s stuttering economies and ageing societies.
Does Sarko honestly think that his anti-immigrant rhetoric is conducive to attracting the high-skilled migrants that the EU is wooing with its new "blue card" proposal?
Is it really in Europe’s interests to try to round up illegal workers, at a time when a greying continent is struggling to find people to look after the growing number of elderly Europeans who need care?
Does anyone think that such a crackdown will succeed?
Is it not a recipe for fracturing society rather than protecting it?