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Hungarian PM to hold talks with Eastern European leaders to stop the flow of Merkel Muslims


Greece cannot defend Europe from the south, says Hungary PM ahead of Visegrad meeting

In a meeting between the Visegrad Group, the Hungarian PM will suggest that the borders of Macedonia and Bulgaria be fenced off.  

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
“Greece cannot defend Europe from the south,” Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, said.

 

By Justin Huggler, Berlin
1:44PM GMT 15 Feb 2016, Telegraph

Eastern European leaders are to hold talks on Monday on acting to stop the flow of asylum-seekers across the continent in open defiance of Angela Merkel.

At the top of the agenda are proposals to block the so-called Balkan Route by closing the Macedonian border and confining migrants to Greece.

Germany on Monday warned that any move to cut Greece off from the rest of Europe could “poison the European debate”.

But the meeting comes with opposition to the German chancellor’s “open-door” refugee policy mounting across Europe and Mrs Merkel looking increasingly isolated.

“Greece cannot defend Europe from the south,” Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, said.

Mr Orban is to present proposals that would see the borders of Macedonia and Bulgaria fenced off and Greece effectively expelled from the Schengen free-travel area at the talks on Monday.

The leaders of Macedonia and Bulgaria will join the Visegrad Group of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia at the talks in Prague.

The proposals come after Austria warned at the weekend it was prepared send troops to secure the Macedonian border if necessary.

But they will put the countries on a collision course with Germany, which has insisted Europe’s borders must remain open.

Mrs Merkel had made a mistake with her refugee policy and was now trying to “dictate” to othe European governments, Robert Fico, the Slovakian prime minister, said.

“It’s a simple concept. I invite guests over and when I decide there are too many, I knock on my neighbour’s door and say ‘Take care of my guests’,” Mr Fico said.

“The current situation when up to 3,000 people come to Greece every day certainly is not what we had in mind,” Bohuslav Sobotka, the Czech prime minister, told Reuters news agency at the weekend.

“The Visegrad Four realises how important it is to focus on the Balkan Route, show solidarity with the west Balkan countries and help them with the protection of their borders.”

Sigmar Gabriel, the German vice-chancellor, warned on Monday against any move to isolate Greece.

“You can’t just redefine Europe’s borders and expel affected states over their heads,” he wrote in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

Mrs Merkel has said safeguarding the Schengen Agreement is one of her priorities.

The talks in Prague came as details of a deal the German chancellor is working on to get Turkey to stop the flow of refugees emerged for the first time.

Under the draft proposals, Turkey is to prevent migrants entering Europe. In return, EU countries will take in a fixed quota of Syrian refugees currently in Turkey.

Critics have warned there is little incentive for Turkey to deliver on its promises.

But in details leaked to the German press on Monday, it emerged that the deal will include a fixed limit on the number of migrants Turkey can allow to enter Europe.

If this limit is crossed, EU countries will reduce the quota of refugees they accept accordingly.

Under the proposals, Greece would also begin to turn migrants back to Turkey and not permit them to travel onwards through Europe.

Mrs Merkel wants a deal with Turkey so she can keep Europe’s borders open but she is facing difficulty getting other European governments to sign up.

Already the deal has been watered down from covering all of the EU to just an unspecified “coalition of the willing”.

But at the moment it is difficult to see where Mrs Merkel will find any willing partners.

“One of the main tasks of the coming days is to avert the German-Turkish pact,” Mr Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, is said to have told a recent party meeting.

3 thoughts on “Hungarian PM to hold talks with Eastern European leaders to stop the flow of Merkel Muslims

    • The United Kingdom already has an approaching referendum to vote on that topic.

      The EU is trying to move it up to June, because they know that the further out it is, the worse the rapefugee crisis gets and therefore the more likely they leave.

      I suspect that means that if they don’t leave then it may be some time before they can try again.

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