To perceive refugees as a dissociated part of the wider narrative is a violation in itself, but who will hold the bloc politically accountable for delegating distasteful tasks to the Libyan coastguard?
Convulsions ahead? The decay of an era, and the inevitability of social and political mutation?
It is the children’s nursery rhyme, Ring-a-Ring-a Roses, that originated during plague years, that ends with “we all fall down.”
While Merkel may have won the latest battle in the end she may lose the war for the EU. And, in the ultimate irony, the people of Europe may have her to thank for their deliverance from its dysfunction.