* Slovakia’s PM Robert Fico: “There is no human right to travel to the European Union and the European Union must protect itself,” he told reporters at an EU summit in Brussels.
Visegrad wants to send Italy 35 million euros to help secure the Libyan border in order to fight illegal migration. The open-entry in Italy and NGO “taxi service” has acted like a magnet to lure the migrants to Libya. This combination has turned Libya into a nightmare for many.
Fico added, “Libya also needs a lot of technical assistance, so this is our approach that we want to go to Libya, that we want to cooperate with Libyan authorities and we want to guarantee that borders are protected.”
** FYI ? The linked article is from EU Observer, which has received a grant from Open Society Foundation. They are anti-V4 and basically a mouthpiece for the multicult agenda of George Soros. If the EU Observer is critical of Fico, he must be doing something right.
– We posted earlier today on the Visegrad Group’s 35 million euro package to help secure the Libyan border to prevent illegal migration to Europe. In Brussels, all four Visegrad leaders were united in opposing the mandatory migrant quotas pushed by the EU Parliament, EUCO, Angela Merkel and the leaders of Greece and Italy.
The EU Observer claims the €35 million was decided following a joint Visegrad letter to Italy’s prime minister Paolo Gentiloni in July. However, they are dead wrong to suggest the letter had only “asked what Italy needed or wanted.” The letter was much more than that and caused Italy’s PM Gentiloni to react like a six-year-old throwing a “temper tantrum”.
The V4 Report posted regarding this issue on July 30th:
[Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban says Italy should “close the ports” to stop the flow of migrants from the Mediterranean and that the problem must be solved in Libya. Orban said that the four leaders of the Visegrad group, which also includes the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, have written a letter to this effect to Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni.
Premier Paolo Gentiloni, who is a member of the far-left Party of European Socialists (PES), responded angrily that Italy would not take lessons from the V4 or its EU partners on migration. “We have the right to demand solidarity from our neighbours, countries with whom we share the European project,” Gentiloni said in Turin. “We don’t accept lessons, nor threatening words. We limit ourselves to serenely saying that we do our duty and we demand that Europe does it without giving dubious lessons”. Gentiloni may becoming “unglued” over his impotency on the issue.]
From Gentiloni’s angry reaction, this does not sound like a letter that only “asked Italy what they needed or wanted”. Visegrad offered troops and detainment specialists to help Italy with border security and deportation. Apparently, Gentiloni was offended by this.
*** While we liked what we heard Thursday from Robert Fico, he faces a dilemma. If he wants to embrace the EU Core, he will be expected to show “EU solidarity” on migration as Angela Merkel defines it…..not Robert Fico.
This may get very interesting or creative, depending on who can best spin and stretch the definition of “EU Solidarity” to meet their needs. Quite frankly, there is no concrete definition of EU Solidarity; it is a myth and its meaning changes, depending on how Angela Merkel decides to define it from day-to-day.