German chancellor Angela Merkel’s moral preening has led to this:
Hungary said on Friday that it would close its border with Croatia to migrants at midnight to control the flow of thousands of migrants and refugees across Europe.
The Hungarian foreign minister, Peter Szijjarto, told reporters in Budapest that his country was taking the action after completing construction of a razor-wire fence along the 216-mile border and because the European Union had yet to come up with a comprehensive plan to deal with the flow of migrants.
Speaking after a meeting of the Hungarian national security committee, Mr. Szijjarto said the government had told Croatia, as well as Austria, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, about its decision to seal the border.
No surprise here: the Hungarians deeply resent both Greek fecklessness in refusing to block the “migrants” at the source, and are incensed by Merkel’s continued open-door policy in Germany, even as her former political allies now turn against her.
In a brief statement Friday after Hungary’s announcement, Croatian officials said the country had coordinated with Slovenia to create a new route for the migrants in the event Hungary closed its border. Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic of Croatia and his Slovenian counterpart, Miro Cerar, have been in close contact about the migrant situation, the governments said. “In case the border is closed on the Hungarian side, Croatia will begin this plan in agreement and constant coordination with Slovenia,” the statement said.
Hungary approved the plan to close the borders a day after European Union leaders agreed to improve border controls and backed a deal with Turkey intended to slow the influx of migrants into Europe.
We’ll see about that. In the meantime, the facts on the ground have already changed:
A proposed financial package from the EU to Turkey to help ease the refugee crisis is “unacceptable” and “insignificant”, the country’s foreign minister has said. Feridun Sinirlioglu slammed the offer on Friday, without giving specific details, saying the action plan agreed in Brussels a day earlier was a draft and not final. “There is a financial package proposed by the EU and we told them it is unacceptable,” Sinirlioglu told reporters.
A day earlier, the EU and Turkey had struck what was described as a deal on an action plan aimed at stemming a massive influx of refugees into the bloc. The minister complained that the EU had been seeking to give the funds out of the budget allocated for Turkey. “It is out of the question for us to accept an understanding of aiding Syrian refugees from funds allocated for Turkey,” he said. The final offer had to be more than the “insignificant and meaningless amount that they proposed before,” he said.
Good luck with your application to join the European Union, Turkey.