Speaking on behalf of Merkel, Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is threatening legal action against EU countries that refuse to accept refugees under the bloc’s imposed quota program.
Guardian Steinmeier said in an interview with German weekly Der Spiegel that “if it cannot be done otherwise, things will be resolved through the appropriate legal channels”, adding that “Europe is a community of law”.
The German minister spoke specifically of Slovakia and Hungary, which have both made their own threats of legal action against the controversial quota system. Slovakia said last month that it would complain against the EU quota plan to distribute 160,000 refugees and migrants across the bloc.
Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has described the refugees entering Europe as “looking like an army” as he defended his hardline stance against migrants. Orban said: “What he have been facing is not a refugee crisis.
“This is a migratory movement composed of economic migrants, refugees and also foreign fighters. This is an uncontrolled and unregulated process,” he told the European People’s party congress.
“Right to human dignity and security are basic rights. But neither the German nor the Hungarian way of life is a basic right of all people on the Earth.
h/t Linda R