Strong words, Wednesday, from Poland’s conservative prime minister, Beata Szydło, in reaction to EU threats to force her country to accept migrants or face massive fines.
‘’Poland will not submit to any blackmail on the part of the European Union’’, Szydło stated during a parliamentary debate, adding that her Central European nation would not be participating in the ‘’madness of the Brussels elites.’’
Referencing the Islamist suicide bombing which killed 22, mainly children, and injured dozens more at a pop concert in Manchester this week, the Catholic prime minister said she had the courage to call out the EU’s political elites on their ‘’folly’’.
Two Polish citizens were amongst those killed on Monday night’s atrocity in Manchester.
‘’Where are you going, Europe? Get up off your knees. Get out of your lethargy. Otherwise you will be crying every day for your children’’, she warned, stating that Poland had no intention of accepting Brussels-imposed migrants.
Szydło also accused her liberal opposition of supporting EU migrant policy, and in doing so ‘’going hand in hand with those who point a gun at Europe, at us all.’’
Only last week, the European Commission again warned Poland of ‘’consequences’’ if it continued to refuse to take in migrants from camps in Italy and Greece, a decision which the previous government was set to implement. Since Szydło’s Law and Justice Party came to power in October 2015, however, they have refused to resettle one single migrant, frustrating and infuriating Brussels.
Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, forming the so called Visegrad Group, all oppose the imposition of migrants on their territories. The four countries refuse to follow the example of their Western European neighbors whose societies have been transformed by decades of mass immigration, accelerated by the latest wave of migrants from the Middle East and Africa.
The split is one of the most obvious fractures across the 28-nation bloc, a revolt which Brussels is determined to stamp out by imposing tough economic penalties on the poorer eastern nations which refuse to accept migrants.
The Polish government will find itself under considerable pressure to resist the will of the European Commission, which is geared towards massive expansion of immigration despite public opposition.
In 2015, the EU’s Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, discussed plans to open legal channels for the migration of a staggering 50 million migrants into Europe over the next several decades. Similar figures have previously been proposed in relation to immigration from Africa alone, with the stated goal of importing labor to make up for collapsing birth-rates across the continent.
Only days ago, a leaked German report revealed that there were almost 7 million migrants ready to cross from North Africa and Turkey into Europe. Other estimates circulating put the number of those on the point of embarking on the journey in the tens of millions.