Germany Will Soon Be Able to ‘Stop and Destroy’ Refugee Vessels

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Caption: German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen inspects the guard of honour during swearing-in ceremony of German Bundeswehr soldiers in Berlin, on July 20. (TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

 

German Marines will be used in the European Union’s military action against the criminal human smuggling networks operating in the Mediterranean. As early as October, the Bundeswehr, Germany’s armed forces, could have the authority to stop and destroy vessels operated by human smugglers outside the Libyan coastal waters, according to the German Press Agency.

The EU has received criticism regarding its handling of the immigrants making their way from the war-torn Middle East. It responded with a three-phase military solution.

The first phase dealt with patrols of international waters to collect information about smuggling routes and points of concentration. The second allowed boarding, seizure and diversion of vessels in international waters. The third phase would allow for “all necessary measures against a vessel and related assets.”

The refugee crisis is forcing EU leaders to coordinate militarily. To learn more, read “Europe’s Migrant Dilemma Will Lead It Deeper Into Africa.”

Full article: Germany Will Soon Be Able to ‘Stop and Destroy’ Refugee Vessels (The Trumpet)

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