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Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, September 7, 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: "Building barriers, reinforcing fences, rejecting quotas! We cannot take in more refugees, we don't want to and we won't! No, no, no! Do these countries with their monotonous naysaying really prefer to observe the situation from afar or blame others, above all rich, old-fashionably humanitarian Germany? The Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is the only one to have sought a positive approach according to which the EU should improve the situation in the countries of origin. A great idea, but unfortunately it lacks substance. How are they supposed to do that? With bombs and tanks? … While the Germans, with the Austrians' help, are taking on financial, logistic, political and moral obligations for the refugees from war zones, the Czech politicians are dreaming of an end to all wars on Earth. A noteworthy case of alibi politics."

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