Aug 4 2016
Czech President Milos Zeman is the country’s most vocal opponent of Muslim immigration, against even the government’s modest plan to take in 80 Syrian Nuslim refugees this year, a tiny proportion of the millions fleeing civil war. Zeman says that Islamic terror attacks in France and Germany in recent weeks have more than proven his point.
Reuters “Our country simply cannot afford to risk terrorist attacks like those that occurred in France and Germany. By accepting migrants, we would create fertile ground for barbaric attacks,” Jiri Ovcacek said. “The president does not agree with any acceptance of migrants in the Czech territory.”
The Czechs and other central Europeans have been the most critical of the European Union’s response to the migration crisis, in which over a million people entered the bloc last year.
The government opposes an EU quota system to redistribute asylum seekers but has not followed Slovakia and Hungary in challenging it in the courts. Hungary is holding a referendum on Oct. 2 to ask its citizens whether they accept the EU system. It is not clear how Brussels will be able to force those countries to take in refugees against their will.
Germany’s European commissioner, Guenther Oettinger, blasted Zeman’s comments. “The refugee quotas were agreed by a large majority and are now European law,” Oettinger, commissioner for digital economy and society, told the German broadcaster ffn. “A president who so defames European legislation weakens Europe as a whole.” (And when another country leaves the EU, that will weaken it even more)
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