EU leaders agreed to triple the funding of naval search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean. However critics are displeased, believing it’s a face-saving measure, especially as some EU leaders still advocate blowing ‘illegals’ out of the water. The move comes after an overloaded migrant boat coming from Libya sank on Sunday, killing up to 900 people. Only 28 people are believed to have survived the disaster, making it the worst on record involving migrants fleeing Africa through Libya. The EU has been facing a growing wave of criticism for not doing enough to save the migrants fleeing to Europe. Full story >>
The cartoon by Chappatte from the International New York Times shows a lifeguard wearing a suit, and clearly meant to represent the EU (the sunshade makes that obvious) telling a boat that is sinking under its load of migrants to 'Go Back!' The people on the boat are waving for help, and some have already fallen into the water and are drowning.The lifeguard is sitting in one of those high chairs that lifeguards have so that they can see better, and using a megaphone to call to the boat. A lifebelt is attached to the side of the chair. The skies are stormy, adding to the danger.
The message is fairly clear — the EU is not doing enough to save the migrants fleeing to Europe from war-torn Libya and other Africa countries across the Mediterranean Sea.