“Dangerous politics for Europe”: Morawiecki accuses Merkel of failure

“Dangerous Politics for Europe”
Morawiecki accuses Merkel of failure

The Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has sharply criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy. Decisions by the federal government “endangered the sovereignty of many European states”.

Against the background of the situation on the Belarusian border, the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of failing in refugee policy. Merkel’s policy from five to six years ago “endangered the sovereignty of many European states” and created “an artificial multiculturalism”. “That was a dangerous policy for Europe and for the world,” Morawiecki told the “Bild” newspaper.

At the same time, he dampened Poland’s criticism of Merkel’s telephone calls with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. “If the phone call was about how the migrants from Belarus are brought back to their home countries, then any initiative in this direction is in Poland’s interest,” he said. But “in this crisis no decision should be made over our heads”.

On the Belarusian border with Poland, thousands of migrants, mainly from the Middle East, are trying to get into the EU. Poland is also preventing this with the help of the military. Morawiecki rejected criticism that the migrants’ asylum requests were ignored and frozen and injured people were sent back to Belarus. “The opposite is true: people who are found on this side of the border in the forest are either taken to the hospital or to a camp where they can apply for asylum.”

But he added: “Border protection must be effective. That is why we must be able to push back people who violate our borders.” Polish security forces arrested around a hundred migrants on the border with Belarus during the night. The Ministry of Defense in Warsaw announced that the refugees had tried to cross the border into Poland. “Belarusians urged migrants to throw stones at Polish soldiers as a distraction,” the ministry said. Video footage from the Ministry of Defense shows how Polish soldiers surround a large group of people huddled in a wooded area next to barbed wire. Morawiecki justified the fact that journalists and politicians could not observe the situation at the border unhindered with the argument that many would exploit the situation “for their own propaganda”.

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