Europe is at a crossroads. The migrant crisis is ugly, and it will get worse. There is no “EU solution” in sight, member nations are too fragmented. There are no universal EU values, despite Merkel’s claim to divinity. The way of life and culture is much different in Western Europe than the central-eastern region. Leaders of the Mediterranean states do not believe in securing the borders or a culture to be defended; they consider that “xenophobic”. On the other side, the V4 nations fiercely defend the customs and traditions that they believe make their culture priceless and unique; they consider that “normal and natural”.
Something has to give, for this mass migration is not sustainable. Either the EU will break apart into smaller regional alliances or the EU will realize that the external border must be sealed and a meaningful deportation program must be implemented in order to save Schengen. The battle is upon us.
In one corner stands Angela Merkel and the leaders of the EU and states such as Italy and Greece. They do not view mass migration from the Middle East as a threat to their culture. Any Paris or Cologne-type of attacks are considered collateral damage in their quest for vain legacies and applause from the media. They do not believe in denying entry, real deportation, or limits of any kind. Their goal is the safe and legal transfer of migrants to Europe. Once here, their solution is to redistribute the migrants across all nation states in an orderly fashion, which is not realistic nor possible.
The V4 nations, while looking to help true war refugees closer to their homes, consider it a must to first secure the border. They believe the migrants should be denied entry and sent back before being allowed to roam. Refugees could then apply for asylum outside of the EU. Migrant quotas are viewed as a nonsense and infringement on their right to decide the demographics of their own countries. Additionally, they believe the redistribution quotas act as a magnet for more migrants to seek Europe.
If Merkel and EUCO prevail, there will be endless migrants for years to come, eventually igniting the flames of a cultural war. If Orban and the V4 are victorious, Italy and Greece will be forced to seal their borders or be sealed off themselves. Their “open-border manifesto”, without the ability to “wave-through” to others, would have to be modified or they would be swamped. Germany, without the ability to shuffle migrants elsewhere, would demand limits from Merkel.
This is the battle for the Soul of Europe. Central-East vs. West. As often happens in sport, the one with the greatest will and resolve triumphs. The next 4-6 months will determine the destiny of not only the EU, but Europe itself. Defying Merkel on quotas could be the knock-out punch.
Onward, V4….Fight like a Champion!