The potential for wide-appeal, national/global news stories this summer is looking pretty good.

I, for one, am super pumped, though not necessarily excited. It's a complex emotion; more love/hate, or love to hate, depending on how cynical I feel.

The Presidential nomination races will come to a head, and the possibility of Donald Trump getting snubbed at the Republican National Convention is enough to make anyone feel giddy.

A less happy and concerning story is coming out of Europe. Remember that whole thing last year with the migrants fleeing war and almost certain death in places like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan?

Well, it's back, and unfortunately it's about to get even worse.

According to the International Organization for Migration, about 11,800 people came to Europe using Mediterranean migration routes used by, for example, those fleeing Syria between January and the end of Feburary in 2015.

In context, remember that the United States pledged to take in 10,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq last year, sparking a fierce debate and ultimately leading to Trump's now infamous quote about banning Muslims from entering the country.

Well, compare that to more than 76,000 migrants, all of whom are now estimated to be either entering or on their way to Europe along the Mediterranean routes in the same January-February time period this year.

That is an increase of more than 645 percent. And if last year's total caused a crisis -- European countries arguing over border rights, refugee quotas, closing borders -- then this year will be, to say the least, interesting.

Walls are already going up on this full-blown catastrophe house. Macedonia has closed its border with Greece, refusing to give migrants any more access as they try and head northward into Central Europe.

Bulgaria already closed its border, and Austria has introduced stricter controls, bottle-necking any refugees trying to find a place to settle down. Those who are not on the increasingly narrow road are stuck in limbo.

The Greek Island of Lesbos is overwhelmed. Tens of thousands of migrants are passing through, forced to stop and stay at camps.

Conditions are poor, and they will get even worse as the tents pile up with people who have, literally, nowhere else to go. They could go back to Turkey, where many migrants pass through on their way to the European mainland. 

But the country isn't being very accommodating about that. Just on Monday, European leaders met with Turkish leaders regarding a deal for them to take migrants back and beef up its border with Syria.

Turkey wants to agree, but at a price of $6 billion in aid. That request isn't doing so hot on the negotiation table.

It's easy to see where this is going. At some point, Europe will have within its borders a humanitarian crisis on a third-world scale, or something very terrible will happen when soldiers tasked with keeping migrants back will face scared, determined people who would rather die than turn away.

Rest assured this will once again become a hot topic in the Presidential nomination race, as I'm sure the calls for world powers to act in some way or other will increase as we enter spring. Perhaps Trump can re-enact one of his favorite scenes.

The seriousness of this is apparent when you consider that out of what is known as the Western World, Europe is, well, most of it. They are valuable to the U.S. in NATO, trade agreements and dealing on the global stage as a whole.

Anything that makes Europe weaker or less stable also weakens the positions of its allies. Questions will come about what the U.S. has done so far and whether it is enough, so I guess, prepare your rage for that.

I'm not sure where this European crisis is heading or how it will end, but I don't envy anyone who will be on the continent to find out.

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