Some countries in the EU are readying to bully other European nations that refuse to accept refugees from the Middle East and North Africa
If two-thirds of the EU members agree, a proposal from the European Commission would institute a 250,000 euro fine ($285,000 USD) on countries who refuse asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa who are coming from one European country to another.
The EU calls this fine the “solidarity contribution,” and it is aimed at Eastern European countries that have brushed aside EU’s mandatory refugee quotas. The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland have all rebuffed attempts by other European countries to make them accept the refugees.
Greece and Italy are overflowing with refugees from the Middle East and North Africa; the EU’s Dublin Regulation requires refugees to seek asylum in the land in which they arrive, In mid-March only 937 of roughly 160,000 migrants who were promised resettlement had been transported out of Greece and Italy.
A May 4 press release from the EC stated:
The new system will automatically establish when a country is handling a disproportionate number of asylum applications by comparison to the overall number of asylum claims made in the EU,” the press release stated. It would then allocate new asylum applications “across the EU… by reference to a country’s size and wealth.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto was furious, barking, “This is the kind of blackmail that will lead nowhere. Only the Hungarian people have the right to decide on whom we let into our country.” Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski echoed, "I'm still wondering if it's a serious proposal, because it sounds like an idea announced on April Fool's Day.” Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek agreed: “I am unpleasantly surprised that the commission is returning to play a proposal upon which there is not agreement.”
The EC also caved to Turkey, stating that Turkish citizens could enter the EU’s 26-nation Schengen Area without a visa if Turkey would help stem the number of refugees.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Organ, who erected a barbed wire fence so refugees could not sneak in from Serbia and Croatia, snapped that the EU has “sold out to Turkey … The security of the European Union cannot be in the hands of a power outside the EU.”