Czech Republic. Prime Minister Andrej Babis believes he can negotiate with Brussels over migrant quotas. Good luck. Babis must be careful of his association with the liberal ALDE Group in Brussels and the “advice” he receives from their members.
Babis has offered to help Italy by building a kindergarten for children currently living in an Italian refugee hotspot. Babis believes he can persuade Brussels to drop their legal action against the Czech Republic over its rejection of the forced migrant quotas by contributing in other areas.
Dita Charanzová (ALDE) an MEP and adviser to Babis, said: “It is good that the Czech Republic is now actively involved and shows that it wants to contribute to solving the migration crisis.”
Where has Charanzová been? The Czechs have always been actively involved in assisting the refugees closer to their homes and helping to solve the migrant crisis.
We believe the effort to assist vulnerable refugees on the spot or in their own countries is warranted and noble, but the Czechs and other Visegrad countries have been doing this for some time now. Hungary is active in Iraq and Nigeria, Poland in Syria and the Czechs in the refugee camps in Jordan. We detailed these efforts months ago on these pages.
Moreover, the Czech Republic has also been very generous in terms of financial aid and providing resources to reduce illegal migration. According to the liberal Hospodarske noviny (HN), the Czechs sent more than 220 million crowns to detain as many migrants as possible in Libya to prevent their departure for Europe.
As noted by the V4 Report yesterday, the Czech government also deployed 1275 police officers to help protect the EU’s outer border. This effort at the border is much more vital at solving the crisis than just simply accepting migrant quotas, which sends the wrong message and only exacerbates the problem.
While we agree with Babis’s plan to help build a kindergarten, we question his strategy with the EU. Babis believes he can persuade Brussels to drop their legal action against the Czech Republic over its rejection of the forced migrant quotas by contributing in other areas.
However, this has been suggested many times before by others in the V4, but was soundly rejected by both Brussels and Angela Merkel, who said the migrant quotas are a “requirement” for EU Solidarity.
Indeed, the PM of Italy, while thanking the V4 for their aid, made it quite clear that this was no substitute for the quotas.
We suspect Babis’s “advisors” in the liberal ALDE Party (aligned with Guy Verhofstadt) and the pro-Berlin media in Prague have alternative motives in mind. They really want Babis to accept a “token” amount of migrants in a “gesture of solidarity” towards Brussels. In other words, they wish to submit to the demands of Brussels which – once started – will never end.
To accept even a “token” amount of migrant quotas would be a colossal mistake by Babis on three fronts:
1. Brussels would win the long-term battle over the sovereignty and independence of the nation state. It would be an admission that Brussels has the power to determine the migration policies of the Czech Republic. This would set a dangerous precedent for future battles on the horizon.
2. It would give momentum to the EU’s and Verhofstadt’s efforts to isolate Hungary and Poland in an attempt to divide and weaken the Visegrad Group in order to move the Czechs closer to the EU Core. There will be future battles over migrant quotas (and Article7) that will require a strong coalition of Central European states to resist. Without the vital leadership of Poland and Hungary, or if there is mistrust among the group, the others will have little or no chance of resisting the future demands of Berlin and Paris.
3. This is not the last plan for mandatory migrant quotas and the ALDE Group is well aware of this. The European Parliament, with the help of ALDE, crafted a proposal to reform Dublin that includes future mandatory migrant quotas. Babis would be naive to believe that if he accepts even a small amount today that more will not be demanded from the Czechs in the future. Once the door is open, it is virtually impossible to close.
One cannot negotiate with Brussels or Berlin over migrant quotas; instead, they must be defied and challenged while building a coalition of CEE states to counter the influence of Western Europe.
Babis needs to realize his real allies on migration are in Hungary, Poland and Central Europe, not with Guy Verhofstadt’s ALDE Group in Brussels.
Babis must continue to reject all EU migrant quotas. As we have detailed for the last 18 months, there is no middle ground on this issue.
Babis was elected by Czechs, not Eurocrats. He has a moral duty to put the national security of the Czech Republic ahead of the multicult manifesto of Guy Verhofstadt’s radical ALDE Group in Brussels.