Europe’s migrant crisis

Still no agreement on proposal.

Europe’s migrant crisis: Is the answer for UN to authorize use of force?

Under such an authorization, EU countries could destroy the boats that smugglers are using to ferry thousands of migrants to southern Europe. EU officials have said only vessels with no passengers would be targeted.

By Howard LaFranchi

When the world was confronted with a sudden uptick in piracy in the waters off the coast of Somalia seven years ago, the United Nations Security Council authorized the use of force to take on the bandits.

With crucial international-trade shipping lanes threatened, NATO countries and regional partners sent warships to patrol and to confront the pirates. The scourge, while not fully removed, was substantially reduced.

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