"Patriots don't abandon ship when the going gets tough."
Seeking international protection, people from Syria and Eritrea, Niger, Mali, Libya, Somalia among others, are escaping their countries and embarking in hopeful journeys across the deadly Mediterranean' sea routes.
It is Europe's primary responsibility not to let the Arab Spring slip into a chilly winter. We need, now not later, to build a "Euro-Mediterranean house" and create a solid framework for peace and security in a region which is rapidly turning from an area of influence into an almost "domestic" one.
"On rating sovereign debt, these knock-on effects on financial stability ... can be negative," Barnier said. "These rating