Robert Fico: “I Won’t Be Part of the Lying”

The Visegrád Four countries continue their staunch resistance against the “refugee” policies that the EU center is attempting to impose on them from the Winter Palace in Brussels. Viktor Orbán, Robert Fico, and other Central European leaders are featured in this report from the Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung. Many thanks to JLH for the translation:

“But I Won’t Be Part of the Lying”

In the east of the EU, resistance is forming against the political correctness in the asylum question

by Peter Entinger
January 25, 2016

[Photo: United in rejection of asylum policy: Viktor Orbán (left) and Robert Fico (right) with other East Central European government heads at a meeting of the Visegrád Group.]

The attacks from the eastern part of the European Union on Angela Merkel’s invitation for unchecked immigration to Germany are unmistakable, and they are not coming from the fringes of the political spectrum.

The Romanian representative to the European parliament, Traian Ungureanu, characterized Angela Merkel and her invitation to unrestricted immigration to Germany as “the catastrophe of the century.” There is, he said, an “official censorship” in Germany; there is no freedom of expression concerning this subject. The Rumanian belongs to the faction in the European Parliament which also includes Merkel’s CDU.

Robert Fico, by contrast, is a social democrat and in fact chief executive of his country. The SPD issued a nice press release congratulating him on his election to prime minister of Slovakia. That is now embarrassing for German Social Democrats. Aydan Özoguz, the Federal Republic’s integration commissioner, criticized Fico’s recent comments as incomprehensible, “I am horrified that an EU member state is using the Cologne attacks to make a blanket derogation of a religious community,” she declared. Seeing the dimensions of the attacks on New Year’s Eve, Fico had announced that his country would categorically accept no more refugees. And furthermore, it was forbidden in Germany to speak of such abuses. In a panel discussion on Slovakian television, he said that the media was whitewashing the refugee problem; immigrants had become a “protected class.” “But I won’t be part of the lying.”

For years, the western — so-called “core” — of the EU has displayed comparatively great arrogance toward its eastern partner states. The former communists had to be taught about democracy and the market economy. Now the pendulum is swinging back. The news magazine Der Spiegel described the mood in the east of the EU: “They knew it. They warned about it. But Germany didn’t want to listen to them. Now it is faced with the consequences of its welcoming culture and tolerance — and through the evil of political correctness and opinion terrorism in the mainstream media, is plunging all of Europe into its destruction.” Referring to the incidents of New Year’s Eve, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán declared that it is a manifestation of the crisis of liberalism that reports of the attacks on women were suppressed.

The National-Conservative government in Hungary has been a thorn in the side of EU leaders for a long time. Critics accuse Orbán of systematically restricting freedom of expression since he took office in 2010. The Hungarian prime minister was happy to return fire. In Hungary, he said, the press was much freer than in the West. In Germany, it was being seriously threatened. And the Orbán-friendly newspaper, Magyar Idök, journalistically accompanied the prime minister’s criticism: “The German state, instead of the protecting its citizens, is an accomplice to the immigrants, and accommodates the norms of gangs who attack its citizens.”

The attack of the Hungarian journalist, Zsolt Bayer, was even sharper: “They are immigrants. North African and Arab animals. Nothing but hyenas,” wrote the admitted friend of the head of state. He criticized the chancellor as “Frau Angela,” who was allowing her family and children to be torn apart by hyenas. On top of that, the German press had been “freer and more upstanding under dictatorships.”

So it was no wonder that Orbán recently came to the aid of the Polish government, which was also dealing with the asylum policy of Berlin and Brussels and had been under massive pressure for several weeks. “Hungary will never support any kind of sanctions against Poland. Brussels should not consider such measures,” Orbán made unmistakably clear.

In Poland, politicians and media reacted with unconcealed satisfaction to the incidents in the Federal Republic. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo accused West European and German politicians of not taking the asylum problems seriously enough and marginalizing critics.

And her deputy, Piotr Glinski, announced that, in the future, there would be a still closer examination of who comes to Poland. “At any rate, we do not want young Muslim men.” And Glinski sharply rejected interference from Germany. “They have less right to criticize us. They will have less right for a few more generations.” Certain peoples should apply a “somewhat different standard” in their relationships and the advancement of their interests, the minister of culture insisted.

Finally, Polish Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro addressed himself in an open letter to the EU Commissar Günther Oettinger, and complained that the German media had suppressed reports of the attacks on women for days. “Censorship by the German media has stunned the public worldwide,” he wrote.

12 thoughts on “Robert Fico: “I Won’t Be Part of the Lying”

  1. “In Poland, politicians and media reacted with unconcealed satisfaction to the incidents in the Federal Republic. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo accused West European and German politicians of not taking the asylum problems seriously enough and marginalizing critics.”

    Can I assume then, that 333 years after the first time they saved Vienna from Islam, the Poles will not bother to do it again?

    • Seems to me you could interpret the satisfaction as coming from a desire for the Germans and Austrians to recognize the gravity of their situation, rather than in a delight of their penetration by Muslims.

      The Poles have a long and distinguished military and intellectual tradition in Europe. Unfortunately, they were treated brutally by the Germans, the Russians, and the British allies, in the case of the Free Polish army.

    • Perhaps the motto of the Polish Army may be relevant – “Za Nasza I Wasza wolnosc”, or “For our freedom – and yours”…

      In January in Poland, there were protests supporting the rights of German women, and free speech in Germany. If there is any “satisfaction”, it’s of the “we told you so” variety… no-one wishes these problems on the Germans. Besides, many Poles have family in Germany, and Berlin is only 80km from the Polish border. As Salome says, the prospect of a Caliphate on the border (a Germanic one, at that) is not too appealing… so I think you can still count on Poles to support any moves against the Hijra by Germany or Austria 🙂

  2. Ironically, west will have at some point thank the hated totalitarian USSR for holding its neighbours at bay at the time when the catastrophic pc ideas were engulfing the free western minds. Apparently owing to this, the ex-soviet camp countries now display collective immunity to the pc poison and remain alert to the gravity of the current situation.

    • PC poison is slowly making its way here, thank to Soros and EU money… but people are watching very closely what’s happening in Western Europe – and they also often have friends and relatives there, who often their first-hand experiences. And the Poles say they want nothing to do with it…

  3. The photo includes Ewa Kopacz, the former Polish PM whose Civic Platform (PO) was ousted last fall by the Law and Justice Party (PiS), due in large part to PO’s support for accepting “refugees”. I have my reservations about PiS, but at least they are pro-Polish and reflect the overwhelming skepticism and disdain that most Poles have for the migrant invasion of Europe.

    • Unfortunately, the photo also includes Bohuslav Sobotka, the present Czech PM, who was still not ousted because we didn’t have elections last year. If he could, he would accept ‘refugees’ to satisfy EU and is now definitely the weakest link of V4. Fortunately, his attitude is very strongly opposed by president Zeman and also by general public. Until he is made to step down somehow or until the next parliamentary elections in 2017 we really have to watch out.

    • Nick – my thoughts exactly. In fact among my friends, the most ant-migrant ones are also heavily anti-PiS. Nonetheless one year ago, no-one could have predicted a PiS government, or president. My guess is that the migrant crisis had a lot to do with the result…

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