Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo says the country “cannot accept refugees”, warning Brussels it will leave the European Union if forced to relinquish sovereignty by opening its borders to hordes of migrants.
Poland has watched as neighboring Germany was swamped by millions of recent migrants, and Prime Minister Szydlo is determined to avoid the problems that the ideology of multiculturalism has caused in Germany and other parts of Europe.
Mariusz Blaszczak, the interior minister, stuck by the Prime Minister’s position on Wednesday despite the European Union threatening legal action and heavy financial penalties against Poland for refusing to toe the immigrant line.
Stating that accepting migrants would “certainly be worse for Poland” than facing EU punishment, Blaszczak told state radio that the “security of Poland and of the Poles” was at stake, drawing a link between mass migration and terror attacks in Europe.
The EU has warned Poland that they have until June to open their borders and start accepting refugees – or face harsh financial sanctions.
Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Brussels-based European Commissioner for migration said: “I call on Poland and Hungary who have not relocated a single person … to start doing so right now.
“If no action is taken by them before the next report in June, the Commission will not hesitate to make use of its powers under the treaties and to open infringement procedures.”
But Prime Minister Beata Szydło is remaining defiant in the face of Brussels. She believes financial punishment is better than losing Polish identity and subjecting her people to the problems of massive migration.
She told a press conference that Poland will not be bullied by the European Union into accepting the cult of multiculturalism, pointing out there had been no formal agreement to compulsory quotas.
The Prime Minister also said that Europeans of all nationalities are now critical of the European Union’s compulsory mass migration program.
“A critical attitude towards the mechanism of migrant relocation is becoming increasingly widespread in the European Union,” she said, according to a translation by state broadcaster Poland Radio.
“Poland cannot accept refugees.”