The liberal Europeans and the EU have been quick to condemn or distance themselves from Mr Trump. They particularly say they dislike his Mexican wall policy designed to reduce the number of migrants.
I find this confusing. All across Europea border walls and fences are springing up. The EU itself is encouraging Ukraine and Turkey to build these barriers, and offering EU tax revenue to help pay for them.
There are now walls and fences between Hungary and Serbia; between Hungary and Croatia; between Greece and Macedonia; betwenn Greece and Turkey; between Slovenia and Croatia; between Spain and Morocco in Ceuta and Melilla;between Russia and Ukraine; between Austria and Germany and between Hungary and Slovakia.
Some of these barriers are high razor wire fences, some heavy concrete walls, some have watch towers and some have planned ditches and surveillance strips. In sone locations surveillaince technology is being deployed to stop tunnelling or other ways of evading the barrier. Others are fences.
Can someone explain why all this is fine, yet the Trump plan for Mexico is unacceptable? The EU seems to be aware of the dangers of large scale migration through the lands of Turkey, Ukraine and other neighbouring states with access to the Schengen area. That’s why the grant of freer movement to these countries through Association Agreements includes joint action to control their borders with third countries. How should the EU develop their free movement policies? Is the price of free movement a Trump like armed wall all round the EU? Did Mr Trump copy the idea from the EU’s constructions?
What do we think of walled and fenced Europe? How does this sit with the emphasis on human rights and the general policies on refugees and migrants?