Salvini: “In Libya, there are thousands of Islamic terrorists: the risk of infiltration on boats is a certainty. That’s why we need firmness…”
* We cannot reiterate how important this stand is for Europe but there are forces who wish to sideline Salvini in Italy, including some in Brussels. Others remain silent, as if they could just wish the problem away without endangering their precious EU credentials.
We know Viktor Orban will be with Salvini (their relationship transcends EU party politics) but what about others who talk about protecting their countries from mass migration and Islamic jihadists? It all starts by supporting those, like Salvini, who will actually defend the external borders.
** Sebastian Kurz, the leader of Austria, made migration and defending the borders the key platform of his campaign. Has he publicly voiced his support for Salvini, who is actually taking action to do this…or does he agree with his EPP leader Manfred Weber, who will not work with Salvini and labels him as an extremist?
What about the Czech Republic’s Andrej Babis, who is also a member of Guy Verhofstadt’s radical ALDE Group? Verhofstadt has lambasted Salvini as part of the so-called “far-right” bent on destroying the EU. Has Babis defended Salvini by repudiating Verhofstadt…or does Babis just talk about protecting the borders when he is in need of votes at home?
*** Soon we will discover who the “pretenders” are in Europe. One cannot claim to be against mass migration while failing to support Salvini or remaining silent when others attack him.
It is not Manfred Weber, Guy Verhofstadt or Frans Timmermans who will be protecting Europe, but Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orban.
Take a good look at the size of Africa compared to Europe. Silence is not an option; just talking tough on migration is not enough.
The bell has been rung and its time for others in Central Europe to stand tall in Salvini’s corner. If not now, then when?