The European Union has set its sights on Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic—and has given them a 24-hour warning to start taking in refugees or face retribution. Apparently, the European Union (EU) has decided that these nations’ failure to take part in the “migrant-sharing program” is a violation of their refugee plan which was “agreed” upon two years ago.
This “plan” came about two years ago in September 2015, when a majority of EU nations voted to spread the 160,000 migrants that had overtaken Italy and Greece among other countries belonging to the union.
As reported,“The European Commission said in a statement that it has repeatedly urged them to relocate refugees or at least pledge to do so under the legally-binding refugee plan agreed two years ago.”
According to the commission, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have violated this “legal obligation” and that they will be moving forward with “infringement procedures.”
While it is true that the plan to relocate the migrants did win a majority vote, both Hungary and the Czech Republic voted against it. In Poland, the previous administration reportedly backed the plan, but the nation’s new administration has rejected it. Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said earlier in May that her country “will not participate in the Brussels elite’s folly,” and that Poland has extended aid to refugee camps in the Middle East.
While the EU may resort to strong-arm tactics to impose their will on their member countries, Poland has been especially adamant that they will not take in migrants—especially after two Polish natives died during the attack in Manchester. Szydlo commented, “Where are you headed, Europe? Rise from your knees and from your lethargy, or you will be crying over your children every day.”
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has also reiterated that his nation would not be complying with the EU’s demands, and cited their dysfunctional “quota system” and concerns about security as his reasoning.