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EU Reforms on Migration as Means of 'Buying Time': No Solution Looming - Analyst

© REUTERS / Axel SchmidtMigrants queue at the compound outside the Berlin Office of Health and Social Affairs (LAGESO) waiting to register in Berlin, Germany, November 17, 2015
Migrants queue at the compound outside the Berlin Office of Health and Social Affairs (LAGESO) waiting to register in Berlin, Germany, November 17, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Merkel meets Macron. Perfect alliteration, however, according to critics, not the best partnership to lead the EU. Tensions are at an all-time high, with both leaders being dubbed Europhiles who neglect the needs of other members of the bloc.

Can the proposed reforms placate an already divided Eurozone? Sputnik spoke with Peter Schulze, Professor of politics at the University Of Gottingen for more insight on the issue

Sputnik: What will the new reforms entail and do you feel that they will be successful?

Peter Schulze: It will be successful as a means of buying time, but overall it will not solve anything. France is one of the least problematic places regarding the migration crisis because most of the refugees are coming from Italy via Austria, Switzerland and the Balkans, so in this regard there is no improvement.

An improvement could be seen with Merkel and Macron trying to convince the other European countries, because they are both heavyweights, to come to a solution which at least has a European etiquette or sign on it.

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel take a break on a balcony of Merkel's office after a meeting in the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Sputnik International
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This would save Merkel from being scrutinised by other countries and by internal opposition within her own party. I doubt that this will convince the central and eastern European countries because they will still to the solution and won’t except any refugees. Therefore a European solution is not on the agenda and the struggle in Berlin will continue.

All of this could lead to new elections in Germany and basically a change of government.

The views expressed in this article are those of Peter Schulze and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

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