Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil

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Series 1 - Episode 3 Unstoppable



The final programme of this fine series looks at the 2015 migrant crisis that almost tore apart the European Union as it struggled to cope with the biggest tide of refugees since the Second World War.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi triggered months of intractable debate and infighting when he demanded that the European Council help the country cope with the thousands of migrants making the potentially deadly trip from Africa.

Council President Donald Tusk is withering. He tells Inside Europe: “Renzi was as usual quite arrogant, playing the tough guy but running away from responsibility.” Ouch.

Calls for compulsory quotas were shouted down by Eastern European member countries as thousands upon thousands of people poured out of Syria.


A look at how Europe's leaders fought one another over how to deal with the arrival of refugees and migrants from north Africa and Syria, bringing the EU to the brink of collapse. German chancellor Angela Merkel managed to wins over French president Francois Hollande to the idea of compulsory quotas for relocating migrants across the EU, but they ran into intense opposition from Eastern European member states - bringing the EU to brink of collapse as the leaders tried to force their deal through.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Caroline Catz
Executive Producer Lucy Hetherington
Executive Producer Greg Sanderson
Series Director Tania Rakhmanova
Series Director Tim Stirzaker
Series Producer Norma Percy
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