In the past few weeks, Europe has opened a new chapter of controversy - more specifically - France. France has (or, at least, claims to have) an issue with Roma immigrants (or inhabitants). They are linked to criminal activity, both trivial and organised - as well as being a general nuicanse for arbitrary electing a spot to make camp without consulting authorities. France has vowed to clean up all "illegal" camps and send them back whence they came, mostly Romania. Although European courts have established that France is to facilitate locations for Roma camps, no or very few have been realised, making pretty much all Roma camps illegal. Whilst Brussels (more specifically, by proxies such as Berlin and Amsterdam) is furious and has condemned the situation, France has started to clear camps with a certain rigour which the English-speaking world wouldn't expect from the French. Hundreds of Roma have already been repatriated to Romania - a full EU member state. Ironically, the Shengen convention holds that there is free traffic between EU member states, meaning the Roma can return to France without any issue. When money allows, that is. From what I have been able to gather, their property is disowned and destroyed. Question is: what are we to make of all this? Is this the dawn of a new era of deportations of minorities in Europe? Will these sort of xenophobic actions be the beginning of the end of the EU? What will be next? And: how exactly to deal with Roma?