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Brexit will deepen the fault lines within the EU over mobility. CEPS Commentary, 12 July 2016

Barslund, Mikkel and Blockmans, Steven. (2016) Brexit will deepen the fault lines within the EU over mobility. CEPS Commentary, 12 July 2016. [Policy Paper]

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Much has been made of the divide that opened up in 2015 between eastern and western member states as a result of acrimonious discussions on how to handle the refugee crisis and distribute asylum applicants across the EU. Against the prevailing political sentiment in certain member state capitals, Germany and France pushed through a plan devised by the European Commission to relocate 120,000 refugees, by a qualified majority vote in the Council. Rather than creating an east/west divide, however, the vote split the group of (relatively) new Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) of the EU into two factions: Romania, Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary voted against the plan, whereas several other CEECs, namely Poland, Bulgaria and the Baltic states, joined the controversial motion on the side of the other (northern, southern and western) member states. Finland abstained. Few member states have shifted their positions in the meantime. If anything, in fact, they have coalesced among the Visegrad 4, following a change of government in Poland; and they have hardened, as a result of new proposals by the Commission to fine member states that refuse to accept refugees. With Hungary’s referendum on the Commission’s relocation scheme scheduled for October 2nd, tensions are set to intensify even further.

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Item Type: Policy Paper
Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Brexit
Countries > U.K.
EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > European elections/voting behavior
Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Commentaries
Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
Official EU Document: No
Language: English
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2016 11:03
Number of Pages: 4
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2016 11:03

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