Ten member states of the EU have expressed their support for Denmark in its current struggle to retain its own immigration laws. This is not yet a majority, but it’s certainly a resounding wake-up call for Brussels, since two of the Big Three are included.
The article below mentions Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Finland, and the UK. If anyone knows what the other five countries are, please list them in the comments.
This issue cuts to the heart of the EU. No nation-state can maintain any vestige of sovereignty if it cannot control who may or may not cross its borders and become a resident. The EU, on the other hand — with EuroMed as its ultimate goal — cannot reach its full expression without effectively destroying its internal borders. This battle is the most important one so far in the struggle to stop the European juggernaut.
According to the Copenhagen Post:
Broad backing for Denmark in EU immigration tiff
Ten EU member states have expressed their support for Denmark’s immigration rules which violate the union’s own regulations
Although Denmark is currently in the midst of a clash with the European Court over immigration laws, the country is far from alone on its side of the fence.
Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Finland and the UK are among 10 European Union countries that are supporting Denmark over its immigration policies, which are stricter than those of the EU.
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Denmark’s problems with the EU over immigration laws resulted last week in an EC ruling which stated that any person who has obtained legal residence in an EU country may live in any member state they wish, along with their spouse and children. The court’s ruling emphasised the ‘free movement’ language in EU laws relating to union residents, where a person legally living in a member state may live and work in any member country.
But many member states have since blasted the ruling. Michael Aastrup Jensen, EU spokesman for the government’s Liberal Party, welcomed the other countries’ support.
‘It’s good news. Now we have the possibility to take the issue up at the highest levels of the EU,’ said Jensen. ‘If the EC can trump the national parliament on this sensitive issue, then it’s a ticking time bomb that no EU country would dare let tick away.’
Yet despite the strong words from the government, both the Socialist People’s Party and the anti-EU Danish People’s Party (DF) are dissatisfied with the Immigration Ministry’s handling of the case. So far, the ministry has only requested more precise clarification of the union’s immigration laws.
DF indicated the new ruling has made it necessary for the party to get directly involved in EU issues with the government — something it has generally avoided in the past.
Hat tip: TB.