Is Bulgaria getting closer to Visegrad on migration? A trip around the Three Seas region.

Is Bulgaria getting closer to Visegrad on migration? A trip around the Three Seas region.

* Is Bulgaria getting closer to Visegrad on migration? A trip around the Three Seas region.

** In Europe, when in need of a photo-op and a fancy dinner, one can always find Jean-Claude Juncker. When in need of assistance at the border, one calls Viktor Orban and Visegrad.

Will Bulgaria follow the so-called EU Core or will they join Visegrad in opposing the new mandatory relocation quotas of the EU Parliament? Maybe both. Jean-Claude Juncker is trying to lure them, but Visegrad is offering help at the borders.

*** According to the linked article below, Bulgarian vice-premier and Ministry of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov made a statement against obligatory migration quotas and possible fines on the countries which do not fulfil them:

“I fully share the opinion of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (in European Parliament) that the changes to the Dublin Regulation must not be in the direction that it is now going, but just the opposite – not to oblige European countries to accept illegal migrants by quotas and not to impose fines”, said Karakachanov.

He added that Europe needs a political force with established traditions, values, religion and culture.

Is Bulgaria, like others in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE), getting closer to the position of Visegrad regarding migration?

We cannot be sure. The current leader of Bulgaria (pictured below) has a relatively good working relationship with Hungary’s Viktor Orban, but also seems eager not to upset Brussels.

However, Bulgaria will need assistance at the border. The article below pointed out some alarming trends taken from the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior’s data from January 1, 2017 to the end of October.

During that period, 2,283 migrants were captured while attempting to illegally leave Bulgaria on their way to Western Europe. 406 of them (almost 18%) were without Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) registration. Among the people detained, the majority were citizens of Afghanistan (53.8%), Pakistan (18.1%) and Iraq (14.5%).

All three of these regions contain violent elements. Obviously, there is no recorded data detailing the number of migrants that were able to slip through the cracks, but surely some have moved on.

Upon closer examination, Bulgaria should choose its friends wisely. It will not be Juncker and Angela Merkel helping Bulgaria with any meaningful border security or detainment procedures, but the leaders of Visegrad, who have the experience and determination to produce results.

The countries of “Western Europe” may also want to know where those 2,283 illegal migrants (almost 20% without fingerprints) were traveling to before they were detained in Bulgaria. They may not want to know the answer.

It seems Germany and the central region of Europe are benefiting from a shield of protection on the Balkan route. The Central European Defence Cooperation (the V4 plus Austria, Croatia and Slovenia) is a coalition fighting to combat illegal migration by securing Europe’s southern borders. This partnership has been a success and greatly reduced the flow of migrants northward, especially to Germany and Austria.

It is much more efficient to deny entry at the source rather than attempting to deport later. Assisting Bulgaria with border security would relieve much pressure from Europe’s internal defence and would add another layer to help protect all Europeans.

In addition, Bulgaria may be another state ready to join the increasing number of CEE governments defying the European Parliament’s manifesto for more relocation quotas, especially if they receive the proper assistance they need at the border.

In Europe, it’s nice to take photos with Jean-Claude Juncker at fancy Summits. However, when help is needed at the border, one knows who to call.

Onward V4! Stay strong and united.

https://brutalist.press/posts/3801/bulgaria-illegal-immigrants-bring-more-illegal-immigrants-crime?cab741=85d19ab9-2517-4109-8aa8-b2e91d369929

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4 hours ago

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* Hungary 🇭🇺: Parliament expresses solidarity with Poland over Article7 procedure.

With 114 yes and 3 no votes, the Hungarian parliament passed the resolution to express its support for Poland in connection with a recent procedure against that country under Article 7 of the EU Treaty.

The EC started the procedure in 2017, saying that Polish reforms severely restricted the freedom of the judiciary and threatened the rule of law. Gaal said that similar laws to the contested ones had been implemented by other member states without similar scrutiny, and he insisted that Poland was being subjected to a political attack. “European values are not imperiled by Poland but by supporters of such procedures,” he said.

The real reason for the controversy is Poland’s reluctance to accept illegal migrants, Gaal insisted. The supporters of illegal migration in Brussels are trying to put pressure on those that oppose it, he said. “Hungarians and Poles have to stand up for the values of a Christian Europe … and stand by one another,” Gaal said.

According to the resolution, the European Commission’s launching the procedure over Poland’s judicial reform is “unacceptable” and “Article 7 must not be used for political witch-hunt”. The Hungarian parliament sees the procedure against Poland as a “dangerous precedent” when the Commission has stretched its authority as “guardian of agreements as outlined in the foundation deeds of the community”, the document said.

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) welcomed the resolution, saying that it guaranteed that the EU would not be able to impose sanctions on the country. “I am very pleased to hear about the Hungarian parliament’s resolution because it clearly indicates that any sanctions against Poland are out of the question,” PiS spokeswoman Beata Mazurek told Polish news agency PAP.

** There will be future battles in Europe, most notably the mandatory migrant quotas. Others in Central Europe must realize their real allies are in Hungary and Poland 🇵🇱, not in Brussels with Guy Verhofstadt’s ALDE Group. Without the vital leadership of Poland and Hungary, others in Central Europe will have little chance of resisting the future demands of Berlin and Paris.

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* Hungary 🇭🇺:  Parliament expresses solidarity with Poland over Article7 procedure.

With 114 yes and 3 no votes, the Hungarian parliament passed the resolution to express its support for Poland in connection with a recent procedure against that country under Article 7 of the EU Treaty.

The EC started the procedure in 2017, saying that Polish reforms severely restricted the freedom of the judiciary and threatened the rule of law. Gaal said that similar laws to the contested ones had been implemented by other member states without similar scrutiny, and he insisted that Poland was being subjected to a political attack. “European values are not imperiled by Poland but by supporters of such procedures,” he said.

The real reason for the controversy is Poland’s reluctance to accept illegal migrants, Gaal insisted. The supporters of illegal migration in Brussels are trying to put pressure on those that oppose it, he said. “Hungarians and Poles have to stand up for the values of a Christian Europe … and stand by one another,” Gaal said.

According to the resolution, the European Commission’s launching the procedure over Poland’s judicial reform is “unacceptable” and “Article 7 must not be used for political witch-hunt”. The Hungarian parliament sees the procedure against Poland as a “dangerous precedent” when the Commission has stretched its authority as “guardian of agreements as outlined in the foundation deeds of the community”, the document said.     

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) welcomed the resolution, saying that it guaranteed that the EU would not be able to impose sanctions on the country. “I am very pleased to hear about the Hungarian parliament’s resolution because it clearly indicates that any sanctions against Poland are out of the question,” PiS spokeswoman Beata Mazurek told Polish news agency PAP.

** There will be future battles in Europe, most notably the mandatory migrant quotas. Others in Central Europe must realize their real allies are in Hungary and Poland 🇵🇱, not in Brussels with Guy Verhofstadt’s ALDE Group.  Without the vital leadership of Poland and Hungary, others in Central Europe will have little chance of resisting the future demands of Berlin and Paris.

https://thehungaryjournal.wordpress.com/2018/02/20/ruling-parties-call-on-the-government-to-support-poland/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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A nnak a három nemmel szavazónak,meg el tudnám tördelni az ujjait,szemetek!

Csinálja meg Béla Módli! 👏

Wonderful news!

Thank you Hungary for standing by Poland, and giving hope to the freedom-loving, conservative Christians of a truly democratic Europe. This is what "European values" are all about.

Thank you Hungary! ;)

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17 hours ago

V4 Report

* Czech Republic 🇨🇿 eliminates US in shootout in Olympic quarterfinals. Advances to semi-finals to face Russia.

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* Czech Republic 🇨🇿 eliminates US in shootout in Olympic quarterfinals.  Advances to semi-finals to face Russia.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/united-states-czech-republic-quarterfinals-mens-hockey-game-recap

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you never walk alone....

That will be a game worth watching!

awesome

22 hours ago

V4 Report

* Italy 🇮🇹: As the election nears, Matteo Salvini has a plan....but does he have a reliable partner?

Mr Salvini – leader of Lega Nord – has vowed to deport 500,000 migrants within five years if his party wins the election – including 100,000 in the first year. Unlike others, Salvini realizes that Italy must do more to correct the mistakes of the past other than just complaining about the V4 and their refusal to accept the migrant quotas.

According to Express, if polling is accurate, the centre-right coalition which includes Lega Nord, as well as former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, is on course to win a majority in the March 4 election. We would welcome this outcome.

However, Silvio Berlusconi, even at 81-years of age, is a political opportunist that cannot be trusted. There are rumors that Berlusconi could broker a deal with Matteo Renzi and the Democrats, which would be a catastrophe that could leave Salvini out of the picture. All involved vehemently deny this rumor but anything is possible with Berlusconi and Renzi.

However, we are not sure Italians would tolerate the usual establishment games as Italy continues to struggle with hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and migrants who have flooded the capital. There is a great tension in Italy regarding illegal migration.

The Guardian reports a former office block in the Via Curtatone area of the city became a focal point of the migrant crisis six months, when police evicted 800 Eritrea and Ethiopian migrants who had been living there for four years. Four years? What type of policy is this?

An estimated 100 buildings throughout Rome were similarly occupied by migrants but - with the upcoming elections -efforts to clear them have been stepped up. After the eviction, migrants slept in the nearby Piazza Indipendenza for five days until police cleared them out with water cannons.

Mayor Virginia Raggi, of the Five Star Movement, requested “a moratorium on new arrivals” in the capital, citing the “strong migratory presence and the continuous flow of foreign citizens”, and adding: “We can’t afford new arrivals.”

This is quite the understatement. Not only can’t Italy afford new arrivals, but they must develop a permanent and ongoing mechanism to deport the migrants back to their countries of origin. We give Salvini credit for grasping the reality of the situation and outlining a plan to achieve his goals.

The naysayers claiming it cannot be done are the same ones who claim the borders cannot be secured. Both can be done provided the will is greater from within than from the forces pushing on the outside. Australia, Hungary and US President Dwight Eisenhower, who deported over 1 million illegal immigrants, found success not by luck, but with a detailed plan backed by sheer determination.

Italy has great leverage over the leaders of Africa and they must start using it. This idea of not accepting back one’s citizens must not be tolerated. Why should Italy be held hostage by the leaders of Africa?

In addition, how many migrants would be discouraged from attempts to reach Italy if they saw others being sent back in large numbers and in timely fashion. Certainly, the current system of allowing migrants to roam for years, living off the Italian state or drug money, is not the answer and only acts as a magnet to attract more migrants.

Italy is at a crossroads and the current government has no answers. This crisis cannot be solved with migrant quotas or a “temporary show” of strength at the border. There must be a long-term commitment.

However, this election is also important for the security of all in Europe. If 600,000 migrants were granted entry over the last several years, they certainly are not all still in Italy. In many cases, it appears the migrants were “waived-through” and have moved on.

The V4 Report, as many of our readers know, was quite confident regarding the election in Austria last year and predicted it would be a “game-changer”. While we don’t have this same confidence with Italy, we are optimistic that Renzi, Gentiloni and their “open-entry” policies will be repudiated by Italians.

We just are not sure what Berlusconi is aiming for or what the new government of Italy will look like. Without Salvini and the League, the situation in Italy will continue to deteriorate and things may start to get very ugly. As Salvini said, “We want to prevent that.”

www.express.co.uk/news/world/921278/italy-migrant-crisis-matteo-salvini-500-000-rome-general-elec...
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* Italy 🇮🇹:  As the election nears, Matteo Salvini has a plan....but does he have a reliable partner?

Mr Salvini – leader of Lega Nord – has vowed to deport 500,000 migrants within five years if his party wins the election – including 100,000 in the first year.  Unlike others, Salvini realizes that Italy must do more to correct the mistakes of the past other than just complaining about the V4 and their refusal to accept the migrant quotas.

According to Express, if polling is accurate, the centre-right coalition which includes Lega Nord, as well as former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, is on course to win a majority in the March 4 election.  We would welcome this outcome.

However, Silvio Berlusconi, even at 81-years of age, is a political opportunist that cannot be trusted. There are rumors that Berlusconi could broker a deal with Matteo Renzi and the Democrats, which would be a catastrophe that could leave Salvini out of the picture.  All involved vehemently deny this rumor but anything is possible with Berlusconi and Renzi.

However, we are not sure Italians would tolerate the usual establishment games as Italy continues to struggle with hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and migrants who have flooded the capital.  There is a great tension in Italy regarding illegal migration.

The Guardian reports a former office block in the Via Curtatone area of the city became a focal point of the migrant crisis six months, when police evicted 800 Eritrea and Ethiopian migrants who had been living there for four years.  Four years?  What type of policy is this?

An estimated 100 buildings throughout Rome were similarly occupied by migrants but - with the upcoming elections -efforts to clear them have been stepped up.  After the eviction, migrants slept in the nearby Piazza Indipendenza for five days until police cleared them out with water cannons.  

Mayor Virginia Raggi, of the Five Star Movement, requested “a moratorium on new arrivals” in the capital, citing the “strong migratory presence and the continuous flow of foreign citizens”, and adding: “We can’t afford new arrivals.”

This is quite the understatement.  Not only can’t Italy afford new arrivals, but they must develop a permanent and ongoing mechanism to deport the migrants back to their countries of origin.  We give Salvini credit for grasping the reality of the situation and outlining a plan to achieve his goals. 

The naysayers claiming it cannot be done are the same ones who claim the borders cannot be secured.  Both can be done provided the will is greater from within than from the forces pushing on the outside.  Australia, Hungary and US President Dwight Eisenhower, who deported over 1 million illegal immigrants, found success not by luck, but with a detailed plan backed by sheer determination.

Italy has great leverage over the leaders of Africa and they must start using it.  This idea of not accepting back one’s citizens must not be tolerated.  Why should Italy be held hostage by the leaders of Africa?

In addition, how many migrants would be discouraged from attempts to reach Italy if they saw others being sent back in large numbers and in timely fashion.  Certainly, the current system of allowing migrants to roam for years, living off the Italian state or drug money, is not the answer and only acts as a magnet to attract more migrants.

Italy is at a crossroads and the current government has no answers.  This crisis cannot be solved with migrant quotas or a “temporary show” of strength at the border.  There must be a long-term commitment.

However, this election is also important for the security of all in Europe.  If 600,000 migrants were granted entry over the last several years, they certainly are not all still in Italy.  In many cases, it appears the migrants were “waived-through” and have moved on.

The V4 Report, as many of our readers know, was quite confident regarding the election in Austria last year and predicted it would be a “game-changer”.  While we don’t have this same confidence with Italy, we are optimistic that Renzi, Gentiloni and their “open-entry” policies will be repudiated by Italians.

We just are not sure what Berlusconi is aiming for or what the new government of Italy will look like.  Without Salvini and the League, the situation in Italy will continue to deteriorate and things may start to get very ugly.  As Salvini said, “We want to prevent that.”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/921278/italy-migrant-crisis-matteo-salvini-500-000-rome-general-election

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títo vám, liberálni fasisti, vytru zrak pri najblizsich volbach v Taliansku a migranti pojdu kade lahsie

Promises, promises.

Silvio bunga bunga Belrusconi :D

Berlusconi looks like Don Vito :-D

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