Austria Stands Down Turkey; More in EU Will Soon Follow Their Lead

Austria Stands Down Turkey; More in EU Will Soon Follow Their Lead

{Update: Original post below from November 2016 warned of the threat from Turkey’s Erdogan. With events in Holland this weekend, it is worth revisiting.}

As Turkey’s Erdogan continues to threaten, belittle, and blackmail Europe, Angela Merkel and many others inside the EU continue down the road of appeasement.  This never turns out well.  As a result, Erdogan has no respect for the EU.  He views their leaders as weak and feeble (he has a point there).

But Austria may be ready to adjust some attitudes.  As we saw with Viktor Orban’s courageous defiance of Merkel’s migrant vision for Europe, all it takes is one strong leader to change the debate. Today, the Balkans and the CEE states are following the path of Hungary and the V4, not Merkel and EUCO.

Now it is Austria that is alone challenging the EU on their naive dealings with Turkey.  Even the V4 seems to be giving Erdogan the benefit of the doubt, for now. However, the EU must realize that one cannot give a tyrant candy and expect roses in return.  Do they not remember how he used a network of criminal smugglers to flood Greece and the EU just months ago?  How he allowed jihadists to use his border as a HUB, with some taking advantage of the lax border to enter Europe as “refugees”?  Do they not hear him threatening to violate the EU border by “busing” thousands of migrants to Bulgaria?  Do they not see the Erdogan horror show in Turkey today?  His support of Islamic terrorists in Syria?

No, the EU is worried about the death penalty in Turkey! Is this their only “red line” in the sand?

However, it only takes one to block EU membership, and Austria has answered the bell.  They are directly challenging Erdogan, as all in Europe should.  This week, Austria passed an arms embargo bill on Turkey (somewhat symbolic, but Erdogan gets their message) and have publicly called for the ending of Turkey membership and visa talks.  In addition, Austria wants to end the Merkel-Erdogan Pact (all know it was largely the Balkan border closing that cut the migrant demand for Greece) by halting all EU funds to Turkey.

This is not only bold, but refreshing.  The EU has economic leverage on Erdogan, and they need to use it or his games will never end.  Almost 50% of Turk exports are to the EU.  Europe could break Erdogan’s ribs with economic blows that would bury his economy.  They can meet Erdogan’s threats with strength by fortifying the Bulgarian and Greek borders, and pulling the migrants back to him.  This is the stand they must take.  Erdogan has claimed his devotion to the migrants; call his bluff.  Economic hardball and sealing the EU external border – not Merkel’s childish “time-outs” – will adjust Erdogan’s attitude.

Merkel and Juncker’s “poems of solidarity” do not work on Erdogan.  They never will, and many in Europe are starting to realize this. The EU is an empty behemoth without a Soul; few will blindly follow it down the wrong path for long.

Austria has taken the first step in the right direction.  They are alone now, but that will change.  Strong leadership backed by courageous action attracts others to a just cause.  Stay strong Austria, soon others will be following you.  You can count on it.

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V4 Report

* Germany 🇪🇺🇩🇪: Angela Merkel’s scheme to link EU money to migration quotas faces stiff opposition from not just Visegrad, but from others as well. Even Luxembourg 🇱🇺 is skeptical.

** Instead of rewarding countries that fight to reduce illegal migration by securing borders and implementing measures to rapidly deport the migrants outside of Europe, the leaders of Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands want to reward nations that take-in large amounts of migrants. This seems odd and counterproductive.

One can only imagine the bribes, kickbacks and corruption that would result from this fiasco, which would only encourage more incentives for the migrants to seek Europe, especially given Western Europe’s lack of will to deport.

- According to the Financial Times, Merkel’s proposal to link EU money to migration policy was roundly criticised by Berlin’s traditional budget allies in Austria and Luxembourg, as well as the EU’s newer members in Central Europe.

Berlin’s proposal to link parts of the large “cohesion funding” budget to measures on migrant relocation provoked a backlash.

The PM of Austria 🇦🇹, Sebastian Kurz, was direct and to the point explaining that the budget should bolster Europe’s external border controls rather than rewarding countries that host migrants. “Solidarity is much more than sheltering refugees,” Kurz said.

Dalia Grybauskaite, Lithuania’s 🇱🇹 president, said cohesion funding was for “better convergence, not for anything else”.

Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s premier, said the German plan risked stoking backlash from Europe. “If we link the funds to migration questions, then we’ll be punished afterwards — not by the governments but the people,” he said.

While the V4 Report often disagrees with the PM of Luxembourg, he is absolutely correct. If this measure is forced on Central Europe, the people will punish Brussels and the EU will likely break. This is unacceptable.

However, France is more receptive to the German plan, and is pushing for countries also to consider tying budget cash to a country’s labour market standards and its tax policy.

It’s tax policy? Why would the nation states allow Brussels or Paris to meddle in their tax policies? This is not only “anti-competitive” and ludicrous but represents another step towards federalization.

Clearly, there is no solidarity regarding migration and the issue is very divisive and bitter. The disconnect between the EU West and Central Europe is too deep to solve the migration crisis under the false slogan of “EU solidarity”.

Something will have to give or break.

- On a more positive note, leaders on Friday rejected automatically approving the candidates to emerge from the parliament elections next year. This was the system that brought Jean-Claude Juncker to power as European Commission president in 2013.

The so-called “lead candidate” or Spitzenkandidaten system ties the commission job to the result of the European Parliament elections. This has been criticised for giving too much power to MEPs to decide on one of the EU’s most influential posts.

The V4 Report agrees and would soundly recommend any measure that grants the European Parliament (EP) more power. In fact, we believe the EP must be marginalized and radically downsized. It is a circus.

*** Migration has exposed the flaws of the EU, which is more divided than ever. It has also severely discredited and weakened Merkel’s standing in Europe. She looks finished.

There will be plenty of battles on the horizon but the multicult EU Project seems to be self-destructing. The legacy of Angela Merkel, Matteo Renzi and the arrogant bureaucrats of Brussels will not be remembered well.

They have failed Europe. It’s time to move on.

www.ft.com/content/7d6c1bea-18b3-11e8-9376-4a6390addb44
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* Germany 🇪🇺🇩🇪:  Angela Merkel’s scheme to link EU money to migration quotas faces stiff opposition from not just Visegrad, but from others as well. Even Luxembourg 🇱🇺 is skeptical.  

** Instead of rewarding countries that fight to reduce illegal migration by securing borders and implementing measures to rapidly deport the migrants outside of Europe, the leaders of Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands want to reward nations that take-in large amounts of migrants.  This seems odd and counterproductive.

One can only imagine the bribes, kickbacks and corruption that would result from this fiasco, which would only encourage more incentives for the migrants to seek Europe, especially given Western Europe’s lack of will to deport.

- According to the Financial Times, Merkel’s proposal to link EU money to migration policy was roundly criticised by Berlin’s traditional budget allies in Austria and Luxembourg, as well as the EU’s newer members in Central Europe.

Berlin’s proposal to link parts of the large “cohesion funding” budget to measures on migrant relocation provoked a backlash.

The PM of Austria 🇦🇹, Sebastian Kurz, was direct and to the point explaining that the budget should bolster Europe’s external border controls rather than rewarding countries that host migrants. “Solidarity is much more than sheltering refugees,” Kurz said.

Dalia Grybauskaite, Lithuania’s 🇱🇹 president, said cohesion funding was for “better convergence, not for anything else”.

Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s premier, said the German plan risked stoking backlash from Europe.  “If we link the funds to migration questions, then we’ll be punished afterwards — not by the governments but the people,” he said. 

While the V4 Report often disagrees with the PM of Luxembourg, he is absolutely correct.  If this measure is forced on Central Europe, the people will punish Brussels and the EU will likely break.  This is unacceptable.

However, France is more receptive to the German plan, and is pushing for countries also to consider tying budget cash to a country’s labour market standards and its tax policy. 

It’s tax policy?  Why would the nation states allow Brussels or Paris to meddle in their tax policies?  This is not only “anti-competitive” and ludicrous but represents another step towards federalization.

Clearly, there is no solidarity regarding migration and the issue is very divisive and bitter.  The disconnect between the EU West and Central Europe is too deep to solve the migration crisis under the false slogan of “EU solidarity”.

Something will have to give or break.

- On a more positive note, leaders on Friday rejected automatically approving the candidates to emerge from the parliament elections next year. This was the system that brought Jean-Claude Juncker to power as European Commission president in 2013.

The so-called “lead candidate” or Spitzenkandidaten system ties the commission job to the result of the European Parliament elections.  This has been criticised for giving too much power to MEPs to decide on one of the EU’s most influential posts. 

The V4 Report agrees and would soundly recommend any measure that grants the European Parliament (EP) more power.  In fact, we believe the EP must be marginalized and radically downsized.  It is a circus.

*** Migration has exposed the flaws of the EU, which is more divided than ever.  It has also severely discredited and weakened Merkel’s standing in Europe.  She looks finished.

There will be plenty of battles on the horizon but the multicult EU Project seems to be self-destructing.  The legacy of Angela Merkel, Matteo Renzi and the arrogant bureaucrats of Brussels will not be remembered well.

They have failed Europe.  It’s time to move on.

https://www.ft.com/content/7d6c1bea-18b3-11e8-9376-4a6390addb44

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You are so right. In fact, what I think they have done is they have destroyed the EU project. It is truly disintegrating. Falling apart. Merkel, Macron and Juncker's legacy will be as the ones who dismantled the union.

she said wir schaffen dass, maybe thought take the money from others...at least

Europe's leaders lost their mind. The time is soon for countries to decide whether they want to stay in the EU, or not.

Hi guys. Your quote from Bettel is not correct. What he said was that cutting funds will punish people and not governments. He never said anything about people punishing governments as you have interpreted his words. Merkel's idea too seems crazy only on the surface. What she actually means is securing EU funds for Germany's migrant infested regions.

She is intoxicated.

Somebody TAKE this woman OUT of there !! Cant stand her!!! She hates us, european people! She is of course working with Soros plan!! OUT OUt OUT||

She is not even Chanceler yet because she failed to form a coalition so far!!

Kdyby koalice zkrachovala a Makrel by musela nové volby !Toto si přeji a ne aby dále měla hlavní slovo tento novodobý Adolf a vládla dále - nadělala moc škody a ještě nám bude poroučet a škodit stačilo nechci!!!!

stupid german cow

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* Italy 🇮🇹: Video of growing tension in Pisa as March 4th election nears. Violent charges in the late afternoon as police block left-wing, anti-Salvini mob.

The police presence looks too light to us. There should be more to keep the streets safe. The Italian election is getting intense and will be one to watch.

Good luck to Matteo Salvini and Lega Nord

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SCONTRI A PISA Tensione crescente in vista delle elezioni. Violente cariche nel tardo pomeriggio a Pisa. La polizia blocca corteo anti-Salvini
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Mi a szart figyeljünk rajta??? A nemzetközi ballib, Sorosék, az EU, az ENSz, nem engedi, hogy a jobboldal nyerjen! Csak a ballib oldal. Ennyi! Mit figyeljünk rajta????

Why?😤😤😤😤😤😤

What is anti salvini?

tam sa to otoci, ziadni migranti a ti co su pojdu do mora

You Italians do not respect the rule of law. In Poland, the police are not attacking calm protesting people.

Ezaz aprítani a csőcseléket!

aha..the democratic liberals who "accept others"... sure....what is this red flag with star at the end of script?

liberal love and tolerance :D

Úgy látom Pisa nem turista célpont egyenlőre.😕

It is like Trum election, the same modus operandi... Exactly, i bet some open societies are behind these riots......George Soros, as always

Polizziotti bravi, cosi sapra la sinistra defficiente , di che cosa si sta parlando!

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