The pressure on those Eastern European countries opposing the EU open door policy means illegal migration to Europe will undermine unity and contribute to the demise of the EU, says Laszlo Maracz, European studies professor at University of Amsterdam.
Hungary and Slovakia have lashed out at Brussels after the highest EU court ruled the countries will have to abide by mandatory migrant quotas. Both countries challenged the program and refused to take refugees.
The EU’s migrant quotas system was introduced in 2015 at the height of the migrant crisis. Under the scheme, all member states are required to take a share of refugees arriving in Greece and Italy via the Mediterranean.
Hungary rejected the program taking none of its quota of 1,300 refugees. The Czech Republic and Poland took a similar stance.
Laszlo Maracz warned the EU is putting its own survival at risk by imposing such rules on member states.
RT: Is this a warning shot to others in the EU who are against Brussels on the issue of migration?
Laszlo Maracz: I think the problem is that the Hungarians are angry with the double standards of Brussels. They are expecting solidarity on the issue of the relocation of the migrants that are stranded in Greece and Italy. But on the other hand, Hungary has defended the external borders – the Schengen borders – and they are not supported by the EU. They did it by themselves. So, they are expected to show solidarity with those countries that neglected their legal duty – namely to protect the external borders of Europe – and they are punished for protecting the things they had to do legally. This is a double standards type of policy. And that is what makes the Hungarians angry.
RT: The Hungarian foreign minister says the ruling was flawed and politically motivated. What’s your view?
LM: I think he has a point. I mean, if you look at the motivation that is expressed in this verdict, you will find that by this decision which is affecting not even 2,000 migrants, Greece and Italy will be relieved and it contributes to the solution of the migrant crisis in Europe. This is an extremely naïve point of view with millions of migrants waiting in Africa, in Libya to be shipped along human trafficking networks to Europe. We all know after two years that most of these networks are organized and sponsored by criminal networks and also by some Western European governments. It is very naïve to think that with the relocation of a few thousand people you can solve the migrant crisis.
LM: The people who are preaching about solidarity in Europe and cohesion in Europe are actually undermining the unity of Europe by forcing states to do things they don’t like, they don’t want to have, which they see as interference in their sovereignty. So, we know from recent history that empires that pretend to keep their framework together are lost if they start to use force against their subjects. In this case, more pressure will be put on rebellion states like, Hungary, Slovakia and others that are opposing the open door policy, the illegal migration to Europe, will work like a boomerang. It will undermine European unity, and in the end, it is a ticking time bomb that might contribute to the final collapse of the European Union.
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The tension between the United States and North Korea is an ever-escalating, albeit irregular, situation. One minute they are threatening us, and the next they act as if it never happened. President Trump decided to give Kim Jong-un a powerful warning that he should consider.
During a meeting Thursday, the president talked at length about North Korea and how he personally wishes the issue could be resolved. Trump, like many, wishes that North Korea would back down and just keep to themselves. However, he let the world know that we would not take any of their threats lightly. Trump explained, “If we do use [military action] on North Korea, it will be a very sad day for North Korea.”
President Trump put it all on the table and stated that while military action is not preferable, it is “certainly” still an option. His speech came Thursday during a White House news conference.
After explaining that military action is still an option, he clarified his preferred choice of action. “It would be great if something else could be worked out,” the president said.
Trump said he has come to this decision after careful consideration. He reasoned that there had been multiple attempts spanning decades to try and get Pyongyang to act with diplomatic interests in mind.
It was clarified that a phone call between the president and Chinese President Xi Jinping put the two on the same page. Both are concerned about North Korea.
The dictator-run country has been boasting about and testing their ICBM missiles, and has even bragged that they have nuclear capabilities. Everyone in the area, including South Korea, is concerned about the actions of the unstable Kim.
Trump described his phone call with Xi and stated that they are not going to be putting up with the brazen threats coming from North Korea. He confirmed, “Xi agrees with me 100%.”
The phone call likely covered what would happen if North Korea kept threatening the US, and North Korea’s surrounding countries. The threats can only go on for so long before action follows.
This is not the first time that the president has had to make it perfectly clear what would happen to North Korea if they kept up with their empty threats. Back in early August, Trump said that if North Korea made good on their promise to attack Guam that “…it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before — what will happen in North Korea.”
President Trump continues to meet North Korea’s threats with strength and certainty. Do you think Kim Jong-un will back down?
Will Kim Jong-un back down?
Now, most of the world is on watch. Everyone wants to see what is going to happen next. Is North Korea going to back down yet again? Or will President Trump be forced to do something that has been a long time coming?
“It’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. So if anything, that statement wasn’t tough enough,” Trump said during his speech in early August.
It appears, to all who are listening, that the message is clear.