Only a handful of EU member states are ready to accept asylum-seekers. Now, the European Commission is trying to reform the bloc’s asylum rules, but few of its proposals seem to break new ground.
The European Commission will table a plan on Wednesday aiming to reform the bloc’s asylum system and organize a fair redistribution of asylum-seekers across the EU. It’s the latest in a series of similar, albeit unsuccessful, reform attempts made in 2015 and 2016.
The recent blaze that destroyed the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, EU diplomats have said, has lent the debate new urgency. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants to scrap and replace the existing Dublin Agreement that governs where people can apply for asylum in the EU.
But with unanimo...