The plan the European Union announced Wednesday to tackle the Mediterranean migrant crisis contains a breakthrough. EU leaders have proposed a resettlement quota system that would distribute asylum seekers according to the ability of member states to accept them. If Europe gets this right, it could become a blueprint for a global system.
Let's forget for a moment that, according to the plan, Europe would resettle just 20,000 people in the next two years, though as many as 1 million refugees may be ready to set off for Europe from Libya. This is the first time the EU has tried to establish a quota system, and it's the principle that matters.