Cracks in EU: "We'll see emperor has no clothes"
EU interior ministers' approval of a plan to relocate migrants with a majority vote rather than unanimously has confirmed divisions in the organization.Source: B92
Statements of dissatisfied officials that followed quickly widened the gap.
BBC is reporting that the decision to relocate 120,000 migrants over the next two years from Italy, Greece and Hungary to other EU countries was passed with Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary voting against accepting mandatory quotas. Finland abstained from the vote. This was a precedent for the European Union, which as a rule has been unanimous in matters concerning national sovereignty.
The refugee crisis has shaken some other foundations of the EU - members openly disagree about protection of external and internal borders, some states have suspended the Schengen agreement, border controls have been introduced again, while the Dublin agreement is de facto ineffective because there is no registration of migrants in the EU country of first entry - Greece.
It was also been repeatedly pointed out that the lack of EU solidarity brings into question "basic European values."
An additional problem is the attitude of Britain, which has long been thinking about its relationship with the EU, and which simply refused to participate in the plan on allocation quotas.
The plan is also becoming less relevant by the day because it concerns only the 120,000 migrants now in Greece, Spain and Italy, while experts estimate that by the end of the year up to ten times more could arrive from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.
Despite the "no" vote from four countries, according to current EU rules, they are under obligation to respect the decision. BBC reported that the EC pointed out it was "determined to implement what has been agreed."
But according to the broadcaster, it is not known is what would happen if a country simply decided to not comply.
The statements after the meeting on Tuesday made it clear there would be opposition.
The Czech president said after the vote in Brussels that "the future will show how wrong the decision was."
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said he will not accept the new conditions and will not respect the majority's dictate.
Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec posted on Twitter: "Very soon we will realize the emperor has no clothes. Today was a defeat for common sense."
The Czech Republic has also announced it could turn to the European Court of Justice.