EU GETS THAT SINKING FEELING
Poland’s Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has announced his country’s intention to defy the latest European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that would force Poland to take in non-European immigrants. The Polish foreign minister said that even if the European Union (EU) threatens Poland with action, the government will continue to refuse to take in such immigrants from Greece and Italy.
He says, “The security of Poland is more important than the unjustified decisions of the European institutions on refugee issues.”
Mr. Waszczykowski made his remarks in reaction to a ruling by the ECJ which rejected an appeal from the Hungarian and Slovakian governments who claim redistribution of migrants was illegal as it did not have unanimous consent from all member states.
Poland´s Foreign Minister is backed by Beata Szydło. The Prime Minister says the country would flatly refuse to participate in the migrant redistribution programme. She says she is not shocked by the court’s ruling but noted it “absolutely does not change the position of the Polish government with respect to migration policy”.
The Hungarian government reaction to the ruling has also been harsh. Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said the ruling “was not a legal or professional one but a political one”. He slammed the EU as having “raped European law and European values”.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán last week wrote to the European Union’s unelected President Jean-Claude Juncker. The Hungarian premier said that Hungary “is not an immigrant country, does not want to become an immigrant country and cannot accept being forced to change this”.
Both Poland and Hungary, who are part of the Visegrád group along with the Czech Republic and Slovakia, have become deeply critical of the EU and the political bloc’s involvement in their internal affairs. The EU has threatened to suspend the EU voting rights of Poland after the country attempted to pass major judicial reform and has made similar threats to Hungary.