Trio rejects EU refugee policy

 |Aug 13, 2016
Muslim refugees in Europe.
Muslim refugees in Europe.

Czech president Milos Zeman, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Slovakian leader Robert Fico have taken a united stand to reject the European Union (EU) migrant policy.

The EU has given an ultimatum: “Accept unlimited migration or no free trade.”

But the three EU leaders are opposed to Brussels’ migrant quotas and will heap pressure on Eurocrats at a major conference next month.

The trio, who have all raised concerns about growing pressure from Eurocrats to take in more Middle East refuges for past year, will meet at the Rhodes Forum on September 30.

The event is run by a Russian-led think-tank, despite EU bosses having recently extended economic sanctions on Moscow until early 2017.

Czech President Milos Zeman.
Czech President Milos Zeman.

Earlier this year Zeman said was “practically impossible” to integrate the Muslim community into European society.

He said: “Let them have their culture in their countries and not take it to Europe, otherwise it will end up like Cologne.”

Czech Republic’s deputy Prime Minister Andrej Babis last week declared the country will not accept “a single refugee”.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Orban has called a referendum over whether or not Hungary should accept a mandatory quota of migrants imposed by Brussels.

The referendum, which will take place on October 2, has opened up a huge rift between Orban and Brussels as the refugee crisis spirals out of control.

In July he sparked controversy after branding migrants “poison”, adding: “Every single migrant poses a public security and terror risk.”

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico.
Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico.

And in the wake of the Islamic State attack in Nice, Fico claimed uncontrolled migration has made it easier for jihadists to reach Europe.

He said: “It is clear that potential terrorists might have used uncontrolled migration not only for passage but also to bring weapons and explosives.

“Therefore the probability there might be more individual terror attacks is very high because there is potential for such attacks.”

Last December, Czech president Zeman dismissed the EU’s intention to pay €3 billion (US$ 3.28 billion) to Ankara in order to better cater for the needs of 2.2 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.

“The Roman Empire, before it collapsed, also paid tribute money to barbarians for them not to pilfer its territory.

“Turkey, on its part, is able to accept these refugees not only because they make up a mere fraction of its overall population, but also because they share the same religion [with Turks],” he said.

He added that he does not see “danger in Islam as such” but in “transferring these [Muslim] habits to Europe.”

Chanting 'Allahu Akbar', Muslim refugees battling with police in Budapest in 2015.
Chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’, Muslim refugees battling with police in Budapest in 2015.

In November, Turkey signed an agreement with the EU at a summit in Brussels in which the country will help stem the flow of migrants to Europe in return for €3 billion in support and the re-establishing of talks on EU accession.

Battling terrorism in Europe and curbing the refugees flow from the wider Middle East have become intertwined in EU politics.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls caused quite a stir last November calling for the cessation of Europe’s migrant influx.

“We cannot take any more refugees in Europe. That’s impossible,” he reportedly said then.