Brussels’ unrelenting insistence on ordering and forcing the nations of the European Union to accept third world migrants could lead to the bloc’s dissolution, Poland’s president Andrzej Duda has warned.
The European Union’s principle of unity, Duda told the press on Thursday, “must come down to the fact that we work together … we do not try to force other states to act against their own interests and against the interests of their people.”
“Therefore, we don’t agree to being dictated to, with regards to the quota system and forcing migrants to move to Poland, against our people’s will,” he stressed, speaking after talking with the president of Bulgaria – Ruman Radev.
As Duda,who hails from Poland’s conservative Law and Justice (PiS) Party, said: “the basic principles of the EU” are unity, equality, and solidarity, continuing on: “If these principles are broken, then, in my opinion, it will mean the end of the bloc as we know it — or certainly its decline, which will lead to the disintegration of the Union.”
According to the Polish president, solidarity with regards to the migrant crisis means giving mutual support in dealing with the problems.
In 2015, against Central European nations’ wishes, EU interior ministers approved a plan to force member states to take on a share of third world migrants who arrived on the continent since German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the borders.
Threatened with sanctions over their refusal to take the share of “refugees” dictated by Brussels, Polish interior minister Mariusz Błaszczak insisted that financial penalties would do less damage to the nation than being made to take in migrants.
Radio Poland has reported that, with a €50 million contribution announced last month, Warsaw is the largest donor so far to the European Investment Bank’s Economic Resilience Initiative, which aids refugees living in nations including Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Syria, Albania, and Serbia.
According to the bank, the initiative “aims at rapidly gathering additional financing in support of the capacity of economies in the Southern Europe region and Western Balkans regions to absorb and respond to crises and shocks, such as the Syrian refugee crisis, while maintaining strong growth”.