Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, was featured here most recently for his notorious remarks in which he stated his intention of going around the national governments of EU member states to place refugees directly with cities having compliant left-wing municipal governments.
Now Mr. Schulz is issuing not-so-veiled threats against the Central European countries that are resisting the ukases from Brussels on migrant quotas. It’s not clear what sort of enforcement mechanism he will use — the European Commission, after all, is where the power resides. His plan seems to be to cut off subsidies to member states that refuse to cooperate with the migration policies dictated by Brussels.
Many thanks to CrossWare for translating this report from the Hungarian news portal 888.hu:
Martin Schulz thinks Germany has been betrayed and quotas are much needed
by Laszló Bertha
According to the president of European Parliament, Germany has been betrayed in the migration crisis and there is no such thing as not wanting to accept Muslims into one’s countries.
Martin Schulz gave an interview to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and explained that Germany’s effort to solve migration problems is not “moral imperialism”, but the recognition that as the largest member state of the European Union it must also bear the largest burden.
The leftist politician believes that other member states betrayed Germany, and are saying that “Germany should bear the burden, as we have nothing to do with it.”
“This will not work, we need a European solution!” insisted the EP president.
Schulz said that in Germany many “hard working persons” believe they are carrying all the burdens on their shoulders alone and nobody cares about them. For that reason it is impossible that only a couple of member states should bear the entire load. Germany not only takes the lion’s share in migration issues but other areas, for example “the financial support of countries that keep aloof from European solutions to migration problems.”
The president of the European Parliament highlighted Poland, which receives €17 billion, part of which comes from Germany taxpayers, “and that is why we have to tell Poland and the other states that everything is connected with everything,” added the Social Democrat politician.
Martin Schulz confirmed Angela Merkel’s position that it is unacceptable if a member state refuses to accept Muslim refugees by stating that the country is Catholic or “strong enough”, or as the Hungarian prime minister said, “The migrant crisis is a German problem.”
The EP president emphasized that there is a need for a legal immigration system which operates with “quotas or contingents” which would hit human smugglers hard.
From the decision for the distribution of 160,000 migrants, based on a simple member state majority, he highlighted, “the decision is based on the existing EU rules and regulations, so it is valid, but some member states such as Poland and Hungary refuse to accept that, which amounts to questioning the fundamental principles of European policies.”
“We could close up shop,” if EU legislation were to be tied to parliamentary ratification by the member states, he commented about the Hungarian quota referendum, and he added that it was strange that exactly the same countries that feel they have nothing to do with the migration flood in Europe are those whose citizens most use the opportunities provided by the right to free movement and employment.
Martin Schulz commented on criticism of the EU, saying that people have no problem with “more European Union”, but with this type of Europe, and they want a “different type of Europe.”