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Eastern Europe resists refugees

Ever since Germany suspended the Dublin Regulation the country has become the preferred destination of a growing number of Syrian refugees. Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has accused Berlin of encouraging the wave of migrants. Together with the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia he has formed a united front against refugee quotas. Is this the start of a new East-West confrontation?

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 29. December 2015

Row over refugee quotas was superfluous

A lot of time has been wasted as a result of the dispute between Eastern and Western Europe over the refugee crisis, the liberal daily Sme notes: » more

Mandiner - Hungary | Sunday, 1. November 2015

Exodus to Europe: Figures speak against fear of Islamisation

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is simply panic-mongering when he argues that taking in Muslim migrants will eventually lead to Christians becoming the minority in Europe, journalist Omar Sayfo writes on the web portal Mandiner: » more

Echo24 - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 28. October 2015

Exodus to Europe: Threats from Brussels leave Poland cold

EU member states that reject refugee quotas should receive less EU funding, Euro Group chief Jeroen Djisselbloem has stated in reaction to the national conservative PiS winning the election in Poland. But Poland will pay little heed to such threats, commentator Petr Holub prophesies on the liberal website » more

Le Jeudi - Luxembourg | Thursday, 22. October 2015

EU's fear of refugees is laughable

It's unacceptable that a number of EU states still oppose distribution quotas for the refugees, the centre-left weekly Le Jeudi writes: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Thursday, 22. October 2015

Exodus to Europe: Andras Schweitzer on the lack of compassion in Eastern Europe

Most Eastern European states have shown less willingness than the Western European states to take in refugees from the Middle East and Africa. The main reason for this is the ethnic conflicts of the last century in the region, columnist Andras Schweitzer writes in the centre-left daily The Guardian: » more

Magyar Narancs - Hungary | Wednesday, 21. October 2015

Exodus to Europe: Refugee quotas barred by inequality

The refugees can't be divided fairly among EU member states according to quotas because the disparity between the levels of prosperity in Western Europe and those in Eastern Europe is too great, writes historian Krisztián Ungváry in the centre-left weekly Magyar Narancs: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 16. October 2015

Berlin wants to impose its asylum policy on Europe

The fourth EU refugee summit was also essentially about where to put all these people, the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny comments, and calls for a coherent and joint EU asylum policy: » more

Veidas - Lithuania | Monday, 12. October 2015

Exodus to Europe: Andžejus Pukšto on how Eastern Europe is not up to the job

The stance of the eastern EU member states in the refugee crisis testifies to their lack of political maturity, political scientist Andžejus Pukšto writes in the weekly paper Veidas: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Monday, 5. October 2015

Exodus to Europe: No more provocations from Visegrád states

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka proposed on Saturday that soldiers from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia could be sent to help secure the Hungarian border. The liberal daily Sme argues that this would only deepen the rift between the East and the West over the refugees: » more

Dilema Veche - Romania | Friday, 25. September 2015

Romania sees Europe only as cash cow

Romania has disgraced itself with its negative stance in the dispute over refugee quotas, the weekly magazine Dilema Veche writes in dismay: » more

Pravda - Slovakia | Wednesday, 23. September 2015

You can't enforce solidarity

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico vehemently rejected the quota regulation on Tuesday evening, saying that Slovakia won't implement the plan as long as he's in power. The left-leaning daily Pravda supports Fico's stance: » more

Politiken - Denmark | Tuesday, 22. September 2015

Exodus to Europe: quota system hardly stands a chance

One goal of today's summit of EU interior and justice ministers in Brussels is to settle the question of how 120,000 refugees are to be distributed in Europe. The centre-left daily Politiken is not optimistic: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Thursday, 17. September 2015

Exodus to Europe: Hungary scraps asylum while EU looks on

Hungarian police used water cannons and tear gas against refugees trying to break through the border fence from Serbia on Wednesday. Europe must intervene now, the Christian-social daily Trouw urges: » more

Polityka - Poland | Thursday, 17. September 2015

Exodus to Europe: Poland also responsible

If Poland continues to refuse to take in refugees from the Middle East it will be evading its historical responsibility, journalist and author Jacek Żakowski warns in the online edition of the centre-left news magazine Polityka: » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Monday, 14. September 2015

Germany forced to throw in the towel

Germany was forced to introduce border controls by Europe's failure to act, the liberal daily De Standaard believes: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 14. September 2015

Berlin ups the pressure on Eastern Europe

The German police failed to inform the Czech Republic that the country would introduce temporary border controls even though the refugees may now try to enter Germany via the Czech Republic, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has stated. The conservative daily Lidové noviny accuses Germany of political machinations: » more

Pravda - Slovakia | Friday, 11. September 2015

Exodus to Europe: East-West rift is widening

The foreign ministers of the Visegrád states, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, hope to end the dispute with their colleagues from Germany and Luxembourg over the refugee issue today, Friday, in Prague. But the rift is growing ever wider, the leftist daily Pravda observes, and sees Germany as the main culprit: » more

Diena - Latvia | Friday, 11. September 2015

Exodus to Europe: Latvian desire for isolation unrealistic

The attitude of many Latvians to refugees from other cultures is divorced from reality, philosopher Artis Svece writes in the liberal daily Diena: » more

Kaleva - Finland | Thursday, 10. September 2015

Finland should not copy Eastern Europe

Finland has shown a certain reluctance to take in further refugees so far. It must avoid following the Eastern European countries' course on this issue, the liberal daily Kaleva warns: » more

Respekt - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 8. September 2015

Eastern Europe must change course on refugees

EU Commission President Juncker plans to present a proposal for the redistribution of 120,000 refugees within the European Union today. Czech President Zeman once again firmly rejected the idea last night. He's playing a dangerous game with his blockade stance, the liberal weekly paper Respekt warns: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Tuesday, 8. September 2015

Western Europe must also understand the East

Slovakian President Andrej Kiska on Monday called on his people to put aside their fear of refugees. But he should also be representing his country's interests to the West, the business paper Hospodárske noviny believes: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 8. September 2015

All Europe can't do penance along with Germany

Germany's generous refugee policy is penance for its crimes of the past but an imposition for the rest of the EU, the conservative daily Lidové noviny believes: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Sunday, 6. September 2015

How can those who have so little themselves help?

In view of their economic situation it is understandable that Hungary and other Eastern European states are refusing to open up their territory to refugees wanting to pass through on their journey elsewhere, the conservative Daily Telegraph points out: » more

Deutschlandradio Kultur - Germany | Saturday, 5. September 2015

Admit partial responsibility for refugees' plight

Certain Eastern European states are shirking their responsibility in adopting such a restrictive stance vis-à-vis the refugees, the public broadcaster Deutschlandradio Kultur criticises: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 7. September 2015

Blockade stance Eastern Europe's only response

The blockade stance of the Visegrád states is completely unrealistic, writes the liberal business daily Hospodářské noviny: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 2. September 2015

Germany bossing others around in refugee debate

Germany's hegemonic ambitions are becoming increasingly clear in the country's criticism of Eastern European positions on the refugee crisis, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes in dismay: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 1. September 2015

Petr Honzejk explains why the Czechs fear refugees

While refugees are regarded in Western Europe as people with individual destinies, the Czechs see them as a faceless, menacing horde, commentator Petr Honzejk writes in the liberal business paper Hospodářské noviny: » more

Le Monde - France | Sunday, 30. August 2015

Eastern Europe must learn to show solidarity

The tendency of Eastern European states like Hungary to want to seal themselves off rather than take in refugees derives from the history of the region, the centre-left daily Le Monde believes: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Monday, 31. August 2015

Eastern Europe's bogus arguments re migrants

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico on the weekend called for an EU-Africa summit on migration, stating that the causes for migration must be addressed in ... » more


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