European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union address at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,  on September 9th. Juncker called on EU countries to agree by next week to share 160,000 refugees, warning that Greece, Italy and Hungary can no longer cope alone. Photograph: AP Photo/Christian Lutz

In discussions on the migrant crisis, much has been made of the invoking of history. In a speech this week, European Commission president Jean-Claude (...)

Taking aim: An Irish Army soldier, wearing a German-style helmet, trains in 1939. Photograph: Keystone/Getty

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