More bad news for Angela Merkel; now the Bulgarian prime-minister has called for Europe to close its borders, imprison illegal immigrants, and deport them en masse back to Africa and the Middle East.
We reported on the European Summit that was called to avert the collapse of Angela Merkel’s brittle coalition in Berlin. Just briefly, a couple of weeks back, Merkel’s own interior minister, who is the head of the key coalition partner for her, the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, he basically gave Merkel an ultimatum: either get rid of this fresh crop of migrants and refugees from our borders or we will go ahead and work with Austria to secure the borders without you, which would require Merkel to fire him and hence collapse her coalition. And so, an emergency European Summit was scheduled to try to find other nations that would be willing to take in the migrants and refugees and salvage what’s left of Merkel’s political credibility. However when they met, it was very apparent that nations like the Visegrad Four – Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia – along with Austria and Italy and the Nordic nations such as Denmark and Sweden, they were not going to have anything to do with taking in these migrants and refugees; they certainly were not going to agree to anything even remotely resembling immigration quotas as mandated from Brussels.
The meeting concluded really with nothing for Merkel; in fact, Merkel’s interior minister was ready to resign after the Summit, basically saying that nothing in the least was achieved, but Merkel was able to avert that disaster of him resigning and the collapse of her coalition for now by saying in effect that there were informal agreements among several nations at the Summit that they would temporarily take in the refugees. Nevertheless, nation after nation are lining up and basically saying they want nothing to do with anything from the Summit. And the latest nation to distance itself from Merkel is Bulgaria. In fact, the prime minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borissov, has come out of that meeting calling for a very simple solution to the entire migrant crisis in Europe. It involves three steps:  close the borders,  detain illegal immigrants who made it past the borders, and  deport them back to their country of origin. One of the reasons why Borissov spoke out is because of the Dublin regulation which is that immigrants and refugees could possibly be sent back to the European state where they first crossed the border. Uunfortunately that means nations like Bulgaria, along with Greece and Italy. The prime minister of Bulgaria made it absolutely clear that Bulgaria would not accept any such plan; it is just another form of dictated immigration quotas as a solution to the political problem faced by Merkel, coming in through the back door. There is no way on earth that Bulgaria would agree to anything like that.
And what the Bulgarian prime minister made clear was that, ‘Hey, these migrants would not be passing through Bulgaria if it were not for Angela Merkel and her open borders policy mandated from Brussels; it was Merkel that invited the world to invade Europe, and it is Merkel that is responsible for them, not Bulgaria.
If you do not know, Bulgaria is one of the European nations that has turned to the hard right over the last year and a half or so. In November of 2016, just a week or so after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, Bulgaria elected their own nationalist populist as president of their nation. Then, in March of 2017 you had the conservative rightist GERB party; G-E-R-B which are initials that stand for ‘coat of arms.’ This conservative party won their national elections, along with a coalition of so-called ‘far-right’ parties that formed an alliance called the United Patriots. Bulgaria has since been ruled by a nationalist right coalition. Of course, the United Patriots are staunchly anti-migrant, they are anti-Turkish, you know, very pro-nationalist, populist, and traditionalist. There is no way that Bulgaria is going to even remotely be an ally with Merkel and her quest for globalist-inspired open borders.
Now, having said that, that does not mean Bulgaria is completely Euroskeptic or anti-EU. Scholars have noticed that one of the interesting differences between the nationalist right in Eastern Europe and the nationalist right in Western Europe is that the Eastern European parties, the so-called ‘far-right’ parties, generally do not share the intense Euroskepticism of the nationalist right in Western Europe. For example, none of the nationalist right parties, the so-called ‘far right’ or ‘radical right’ parties, not a single nationalist party in Eastern Europe is calling for a referendum or a petition to exit the EU akin to what we saw with Brexit or talks of Frexit in France or Swexit in Sweden or what the League was proposing in Italy. One of the major reasons for that is of course the fall of the Berlin wall and the whole notion that national sovereignty for nations formerly behind the Iron Curtain was associated with alliances with the West, and particularly with Brussels; alliances with Western Europe and Western European institutions meant freedom from Soviet rule. The whole political process from the early 90s onwards was to get out from under the shadow of communism, and that meant turning to the West.
But that said, as Viktor Orban of Hungary has been arguing so passionately over the last several years, Central and Eastern Europe are now experiencing their own European renaissance such that, while they do not necessarily disparage or want to bring down the EU, they certainly do not believe they are dependent on Brussels anymore; Central and Eastern Europe are rediscovering their culture, customs, and traditions as absolutely essential for the revitalization of their national sovereignty. For example, for Bulgaria, this means rediscovering its Orthodox Christian tradition which they are doing big time. Back in the 1990’s about 60 percent of Bulgarians identified themselves as Orthodox Christians, today it is over 75 percent. In fact, you have polls that indicate that the Orthodox Church is the single most trusted institution in Bulgaria. With the rediscovering of what is essential for the revitalization of their national sovereignty,unfettered immigration, the kind being mandated by the quotas coming out of Brussels since 2015, is absolutely inconsistent with just such a revitalization. I often say ‘Open borders means open values,’ and the Bulgarian people want nothing to do with open borders.
While Bulgaria is not a member of the Visegrad Four, which is made up of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, it has instituted virtually identical border security policies as those respective countries. The prime minister there, along with Viktor Orban of Hungary and Matteo Salvini of Italy, is calling for the EU to finance the border security for the front-line nations that are bearing a disproportionate burden due to Merkel’s open-ended invitation. He is calling for processing centers and refugee camps to be set up outside of Europe, most likely in Northern African nations such as Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia.
It does appear that this is what they got out of the Summit. Nations like Hungary and Austria and Italy and Bulgaria went in demanding the absolute guarantee that the borders of Europe would be closed and secured with stringent security and enforcement on the one hand, and a guarantee that the days of immigration quotas mandated from Brussels are over, guaranteeing that migrant camps would not be forced on any member nation in the EU, which of course then lent itself to the idea of some kind of refugee processing center program outside of Europe, in this case in Northern Africa. Those were the fundamental concessions that they wanted from Merkel. And they got them!
And so, it does appear that the recent European Summit is shaping more and more into a clear historical fixed point when we can look back and see how the European Union was transformed from a secular globalist super-state to looking more like a League of sovereign nations celebrating and indeed defending the cultural and traditional uniqueness of European civilization.
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