Under far-right pressure, Europe retreats from UN migration pact

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Populists seize chance to put favorite issue on agenda ahead of EU vote, causing ructions among governments.

  • Eline Schaart
  • Politico

A previously obscure 34-page, jargon-filled document is causing political convulsions across Europe — even though it’s not even legally binding.

 

Italy this week became the latest in a string of European countries to say it would not sign the U.N.’s Global Compact on Migration at a ceremony in Marrakech in just under two weeks.

From the Netherlands through Belgium and Germany to Slovakia, the pact has triggered infighting in ruling parties and governments, with at least one administration close to breaking…

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