* The V4 Report on Twitter this weekend: Some of the angry reactions from West EU leaders in response to the renewed and growing opposition to migrant quotas from Central Europe.
Alexis Tsipras of Greece was said to be particularly “aggressive” in Brussels with the V4, while Angela Merkel has yet to face the reality that “European solidarity” on migration does not exist and cannot be forced on others.
** Luxembourg: There was the predictable feeble response from Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel who said, “it is dangerous to think we can do without a permanent mechanism.” Dangerous? How can Europe survive without a mechanism for migrant quotas?
Bettel is a bit dramatic, but if he is worried about survival he may want to redirect his focus towards implementing a “permanent and ongoing” mechanism to relocate the migrants back to their countries of origin. Relocating migrants across the bloc will only lure more to Europe. Meaningful and substantial deportations would be one example of a measure to deter illegal migration.
*** Italy: The Italian PM also continues to believe that “relocation” quotas can solve the crisis: “We believe that closures are wrong, walls are wrong and that so-called obligatory resettlement quotas are the minimum for the EU,” said the Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni. He added, “These countries legitimately have a very, very distant opinion, they are countries which close their borders.
Yes, Mr Gentiloni, Visegrad closes its borders and they have been proven correct in taking action to control events, instead of allowing the actions of others to control them. An IS terrorist and recruiter was arrested in Italy today.
Visegrad also detains illegal migrants crossing their borders to protect all in Europe, especially Germany, which has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Balkan route closing. Unlike the leaders of Greece and Italy, Viktor Orban and Visegrad will not expose Europeans by “waving-through” unknown migrants to roam freely throughout the Continent.
How did the migrant from Tunisia – who committed an act of terror in Berlin last Christmas – enter Europe? Who granted entry and then later released him on Europe?
The migrant who lied about his age and raped and murdered a young woman in Germany earlier this year? He entered Europe via Greece – where he had a record of violence – before heading to Germany.
This is solidarity?
**** The Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, criticised Donald Tusk’s negative comments towards quotas (Tusk, as expected, has already backed-down) as “aimless, ill-timed and pointless”. In our opinion, this quote from Tsipras pretty much describes his government and personal leadership abilities.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis called the debate “quite stormy” and told reporters that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had been “quite aggressive.” But, he said, the Visegrad allies would not let the majority impose obligatory refugee quotas on them.
***** Angela Merkel is also said to be furious and is demanding “internal and external” solidarity. It was Germany that unilaterally decided on its own to open their borders to migrants worldwide. It was not Visegrad that said “We can do it”. Merkel may decide for Germany, but she cannot demand from Visegrad.
She must find a way to relocate the migrants outside of Europe, instead of trying to reshuffle them across the bloc.
– Bottom line: The EU is not finished and will try to use “majority” voting methods in June to mandate a “forced solidarity” on migration. However, this “solidarity myth” has lost its impact and will be defied again. One cannot force a solidarity that does not exist.
We do not believe there will be an “EU solution” to the migrant crisis. There is simply no “European” solidarity for mass migration, open-borders or rabid multiculturalism. This cannot be forced on Visegrad or Central Europe, they simply will not tolerate it.
The EU Core appears to be melting-down. The issue of migration will continue to divide Europe as the animosity grows between members. Something will have to give.
In the future, we may see smaller, less-intrusive regional alliances that better reflect the values and beliefs of its people.
The world is much bigger and broader than Brussels.