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Foreign Minister Gabriel on the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union: “Europe’s strength is the strength of the law”

06.09.2017

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement today (6 September) on the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) regarding the relocation of refugees from Greece and Italy to Member States throughout Europe.

The CJEU ruling is crystal clear.

It has now been legally established once and for all that the European solidarity that was agreed by the Council not only conforms to European values, but is also fully in line with EU law. This is a good thing.

I’ve always told our Eastern European partners that it is right for the courts to clarify any issues or doubts that may arise.

What we can – and do – expect to happen now is that all European partners will comply with the ruling and implement the respective decisions without delay.

Europe’s strength is the strength of the law – it is the bedrock on which European cohesion is built. European partners must be able to rely on one another, also concerning difficult decisions. This was true in the past, and it is especially true today, considering the current challenges. Solidarity is not a one‑way street.

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