“The real battle is only just beginning,” Hungary’s Foreign Minister tells the EU
Following an EU court decision ordering some eastern European countries to accept the migrant quotas, Hungary and Poland have vowed to fight on against the large-scale resettlement plan being pushed by the EU. The top EU court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), ruled yesterday that all member states must take in a share of refugees who cross over into Europe.
The EU court’s ruling “jeopardizes the security and future of all of Europe,” said Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
“The real battle is only just beginning,” said the Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto. “Hungary will be making use of all opportunities for legal redress to ensure that nobody can be relocated to Hungary against the wishes of the Hungarian people.”
The European Court of Justice rejected a lawsuit filed by Hungary and Slovakia to remain out of an EU plan to settle hundreds of thousands of migrants, mostly young fighting-age men from the Middle East and North Africa. Poland and the Czech Republic had officially backed the complaint.
Hungary is not alone in its defiance. It seems, Poland won’t be opening it borders either. Associated Press reported the Polish reaction:
Poland’s prime minister says her country will stick by its refusal to take in refugees even though the European Union’s top court is reasserting its right to force member states to accept asylum-seekers.
Szydlo says she isn’t surprised by the court’s decision, but that it “absolutely does not change the position of the Polish government with respect to migration policy.”
Following the ECJ ruling, EU Migration Czar, Dimitris Avramopoulos, announced the decision to take action against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for their insubordination. The EU launched an “infringement procedure” against the three for failing relocate migrants.
According to Avramopoulos, European Commission — EU’s executive arms — will consider “the last step in the infringement procedure, to refer Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to the European Court of Justice.” Slovakia was excluded from the action as it “agreed to host a few refugees”, Associated Press confirmed.
Besides the threat of legal action, Merkel government has called for economic sanction against the country’s that refuse to open their borders and settle migrants. Merkel’s right-hand man, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, has has long been calling for punitive sanctions against Hungary and other EU states who refuse to “shoulder” Germany’s “burden” taking in migrants.
Eastern European countries, however, got support for their struggle from the UK politician and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage who warned the EU against relocating hundreds and thousands of migrants, mostly Muslim men, across the continent. “This won’t end well, as national security is at stake,” Farage said. After the successful Brexit vote, Farage has repeatedly urged Hungarian Prime Minister Orban and other European leaders to leave the Union.
Prime Minister Orban has strong backing at home for his tough stand against the migrant relocation plan. Last October, 98% of Hungarians voted “no” to an EU migrant quota in a national referendum.
As with Brexit vote, EU’s ruling elite continue to show their deep contempt for national borders, sovereignty or popular vote as they strong-arm member states into submission over their migrant plan. There is little hope for individual states to escape the migrant quagmire as long as they remain inside the EU. At this stage, cutting their ties with Brussels may be the only possible way to avoid this migrant disaster of EU’s own making.
Watch: EU’s top court dismisses Hungary and Slovakia case against taking in ‘asylum seekers’:
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