Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil

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Review

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.

Summary

A look at how Europe's leaders fought one another over how to deal with the arrival of refugees and migrants Europe's leaders and their top advisers reveal how the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants on Europe's shores plunged the European Union into turmoil. First shown on BBC Two on Monday 11 February.

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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