Visegrád 4 Slam ‘Blackmail’ by Brussels on Migrants

Poland's Beata Szydlo (2-R), Czech Republic's Bohuslav Sobotka (L), Hungary's Viktor Orban (2-L) and Slovakia's Robert Fico (R) at the Central Eastern European (CEE) Innovators Summit. Warsaw, Poland, 28 March. PHOTO: Radek Pietrusza/EPA

28 March 2017

EURACTIV / AFP — Leaders from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland (the Visegrád Four) rejected yesterday (28 March) what they called Brussels’ use of “blackmail and diktat” over planned resettlements of migrants across the EU.

Long opposed to sharing the burden of hosting mainly Syrian refugees, the four eastern EU states ruled out any links between accepting them and future disbursements of EU funds.

Eastern EU states “will never accept blackmail and diktat” on migration policy, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło said at a press conference in Warsaw with her Czech, Hungarian and Slovak counterparts.

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka insisted that all four countries “oppose linking the debate about migration to European funds”.

“This is blackmail, that we reject in the name of the Slovak government,” added Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico. […]

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