Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło stated during parliamentary debate on Wednesday that he has refused threats by the EU threats to force Poland into accepting migrants or face massive fines. ‘’Poland will not submit to any blackmail on the part of the European Union’’, Szydło said while adding that her country will not indulge the ‘’madness of the Brussels elites.’’
Referring to the Muslim terrorist blast that killed 22 and injured 100 in England, Szydło said she has the courage to stand up to the EU’s ‘’folly’’. Among the dead were two Polish nationals. ‘’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. In addition, she accused her opponents in the parliament of being in league with the EU on migrant policy and ‘’going hand in hand with those who point a gun at Europe, at us all.’’
The European Commission again warned Poland last week of unspecified ‘’consequences’’ if it continues to refuse to accept largely-Muslim migrants from camps in Italy and Greece. Until Szydło’s Law and Justice Party came to power in October 2015, Poland was poised to accept the migrants. But since then, Poland has refused to resettle any migrants and thus infuriating Brussels.
The so-called Visegrad Group, which consists of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, refuses to accept migrants as demanded by the EU. Their collective decision has opened up one of the most obvious fractures in the 28-nation EU. The EU is seeking to impose economic sanctions on these relatively poor eastern and largely Christian nations as a result.
The Polish government is facing pressure from the European Commission, which is seeking a huge influx of immigrants. For example, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, discussed plans in 2015 to open legal channels to accept 50 million migrants into Europe over the next several decades. Similarly, millions are to be accepted from Africa in order to make up for the demographic collapse of native Europeans. Migrants continue to seek crossings from North Africa and overland from Turkey and neighboring countries; some drown in flimsy boats that founder in the Mediterranean Sea. According to reports in Germany, there are currently 7 million migrants ready to cross from North Africa and Turkey into Europe. Other estimates cite the number at tens of millions.