This Is Why Poland and Hungary Push Back Against EU Thug’s Demands To Take In Refugees

April 4, 2017 in News by RBN Staff


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Imagine if unelected officials from Canada and Mexico demanded that the United States take in more refugees – including those from countries with terror ties – or there would be financial consequences such as booting America from NAFTA.

That’s a far-fetched idea, but its exactly what the European Union heavyweights – France and Germany – are ordering Poland and Hungary to do. If the two nations fail to take in hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers under the quota system, they will be cast out of the EU.

From the beginning of the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, the two Central European countries have balked at opening up their doors. While other countries in Europe collectively took in millions of migrants from war-torn nations in the Middle East and Africa, Hungary built a border fence and Poland’s conservative Law and Justice Party was swept into power in a wave of anti-refugee sentiment.

In Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been a vocal opponent of the scheme from its conception, asserting that forcing member countries to take a compulsory quota of migrants is unlawful and will “spread terrorism around Europe,” according to Breitbart.

But why have these two countries taken such a strong anti-migration stance, unlike their more “tolerant” neighbors?

Much of the answer could be explained by the histories of the nations.

After WWII, Hungary had to give up all territory it had acquired since 1937 and to pay $300 million in reparations to the USSR, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia. In 1948, the Communist Party, with the support of Soviet troops, seized control. Industry was nationalized, the land collectivized into state farms, and the opposition terrorized by the secret police.

Going back even further in history, one of Hungary’s most difficult eras was when the Muslim Ottoman Turks – under Sultan Suleiman I – incorporated the central portion of the Kingdom of Hungary, including Budapest, into the Ottoman Empire in 1541, holding control over this territory until 1699. It is a period which has stuck in Hungarians’ national consciousness to this day.

Poland shares a similar history, having been incorporated into the Soviet sphere after WWII. The country finally threw off the yoke of communism in 1989, after the rise of the  independent trade union “Solidarity” led by electrician Lech Wałęsa.

The Central European country had 400 years of diplomatic relations with the Ottoman Empire as well, during which time there were some large-scale conflict between the two states, which had disastrous effects. Some of these wars figure prominently in popular histories and help to form the basis of modern Polish and Turkish national identities.

While Western Europe never felt the yoke of Soviet or Ottoman oppression, both Hungary and Poland’s identities largely stem from those tumultuous eras. Their national memories are far more acutely aware of  invasion by other cultures and the commensurate loss of liberty. Is it any wonder that they have balked at the European Unions’ demands to take in refugees whose principles, cultures, and religion are at odds with their national identities?

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is expected to hold a hearing on the legality of migrant quotas in the coming weeks, with a judgement — widely expected to be in favour of the scheme — likely by the end of the year. But Hungary has challenged the court, with Orbán stating that Hungary and other countries in Central Europe “have had the opportunity to learn from Western Europe’s mistakes”.

“Hungary is a stable island in the turbulent western world because the people were consulted on their opinions here, and we defended the country against illegal immigration,” he said.