Summary: When Gray Fullbuster discovers a simple two-worded flyer on his university’s request board, he follows the trail to a beautiful blue-haired girl who might just change everything. Gruvia Multi-Chap. (University AU)
Pairings: Gray Fullbuster x Juvia Lockser, with some NaLu, Jerza and Miraxus side-pairings
Rating: T - I don’t even think it needs to be T, but let’s play it safe.
So, as promised, a dump! This is it now, I need to write some more but the wait shouldn’t be too long :)
Dedicated to @musemims and the rest of the FT group chat :)
Sweets and Meets
Gray Fullbuster has witnessed many crazy things in his young life. Considering the sort of people he chooses to spend his time with, it would only be logical to have witnessed some inexplicable things. He has seen his best friend set fire to his own hair, he has witnessed Lucy jump out of a two-storey window into a pool (she was drunk, it was a dare) and he has even watched as Erza attempted to fight an entire bar filled with angry looking drunk men (suffice to say she won). He even spent his time at Fairy Tail, the college’s strangest club.
But he was not prepared for what he saw when walked in.
Greece has become wearily accustomed to micromanagers in Brussels and Berlin telling it what to do. Last summer’s Greek bailout sought reforms in some remarkably specific areas, including the weight of loaves and the shelf-life of milk. (Bakeries and dairies were cast as symptomatic of the economy’s protectionism and uncompetitiveness).
Now the Greeks are hearing the same tune from the European Council in relation to the migration crisis. Identifying Greece as the weak link in the Schengen passport-free travel area, Athens has received a list of 50 measures that it should undertake to improve its handling of the tide of refugees.
In perhaps the most specific recommendation, a heart beat detector at Kastanies border crossing, where there is no cargo traffic, should be moved to another frontier post where it can be used to find people concealed in heavy goods vehicles.
Elsewhere there are recommendations for more CCTV on the island of Chios, better language training for border guards in English and Turkish, and more searches of “pleasure boats”.
All in all, it’s a long list, and the EU wants progress in the next three months. But, in truth, that deadline is a charade. Greece is not meant to be able to meet the full 50 requirements within the time-frame set on Friday.
The action points have been drawn up to allow other EU member states to suspend Schengen for two years and reimpose some border controls.
In three months time, Greece may have installed some new CCTV cameras, but it will still almost certainly be deemed to have failed overall. The European Commission can then propose a two-year time-out from Schengen. Several EU states have temporary border-control measures in place until May, but want something longer term after that. A damning assessment that turns Greece into the scapegoat for the failure of Schengen is just what they need.
The EU insists that Greece needs to take the 50 steps, citing “serious deficiencies” in the management of the country’s external borders. It describes the Aegean Sea as “the most exposed area” for migration, with more than 868,000 arrivals over 2015. “The serious deficiencies relating to external border control constitute a serious threat to public policy and internal security and put at risk the overall functioning of the [Schengen] area without internal border control,” the EU grumbles.
This is classic EU politics, partly to help Germany manage its migrant problem. While Greece is definitely a troubled, porous state, it is important not to loose sight of a hypocritical dollop of legal scapegoating here. The commission argues it is not trying to stigmatise Greece, but is looking for a neat legal mechanism to avoid a free-for-all of border closures across Schengen. Still, we are in this mess because many member states never lived up to the EU’s ideals of solidarity that the crisis was meant to inspire.
Instead, economically devastated Greece has been left to do much of the heavy lifting, although it has also turned down some important assistance offered. And, as this Reuters feature stresses, Greek servicemen and women, engaged in the harrowing work of plucking drowned children from the sea, feel stung by the criticism. Alexis Tsipras, prime minister, has described his security forces as “setting an example of humanity to the world” in the rescue operations.
Whatever the failures of the Greek state – and there are many – it would be very misleading to lay the entire blame for the ultimate suspension of Schengen on Athens.