And so they met on Thursday and Friday of last week, and the goal of the Summit was stated in a paper that was distributed to the various leaders that argued that it was time for strong leadership from European Union member states on upholding, “the right to asylum and the rights of migrants.” The paper went on to stress that the EU could not outsource the problem to other nations. Remember, under EU law, refugees must be taken in and arrangements made on a case by case basis to send them back to the first country of entry.
But at the summit, we saw the emergence of the power and influence of the Visegrad Four, a coalition of Eastern European states, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, along with Austria and Italy, which I am calling here the Visegrad Four coalition, which demanded fundamentally three things from this Summit: First, they wanted an acknowledgement that Italy in particular does have the sovereign right to close its borders and turn away ships carrying migrants and refugees, that it does not have to abide by this EU law that requires member nations to take refugees who show up at its borders particularly in Soros-funded NGO ships. Secondly, they wanted a guarantee that there would be absolutely no migrant quotas in any way, shape, or form for any member nation regarding this current crop of refugees that is caused the political crisis in Germany. In the past, the notion of immigration quotas has of course been forced on EU member nations by the EU courts, which require that all nations comply with mandated immigration quotas from Brussels going back to the 2015 refugee crisis. In fact, the Visegrad Four nations are currently being sued because they refused to comply with these quotas. So they wanted a guarantee that such quotas are history. Thirdly, and this would be their own solution to that, they wanted refugee camps set up outside of Europe, in national proximity to where the migrants are coming from, the most obvious location being Northern Africa. And, Italy brought in another demand. They wanted the EU to start paying for all the costs that they had accrued dealing with migrants coming from Northern Africa and the Middle East, most of whom come to Europe via the Mediterranean and through Italy. Obviously these were going to be some very intense meetings at this Summit.
In the end, I am happy to report that the Visegrad Four coalition, along with Austria and Italy held their ground; now the details for the agreement reached are still quite a bit sketchy, and at this point I don’t think Italy has even signed on to it. Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban left the meeting declaring that the Visegrad Four had won a great victory, they were victorious in accomplishing their three major tasks: they did in fact get the Summit to at least partially agree that Italy does in fact have a right to close its borders to Northern African and Middle Eastern migrants and refugees; which is in even just a passive sense a MASSIVE concession. What the Summit agreed to is that NGOs –those NGO’s financed by George Soros – should now stop picking up migrants in the Libyan territorial waters who are sailing on smugglers’ ships, and instead let the Libyan coastguard do their work. And this concession should considerably reduce the massive influx of illegal immigrants into Italy, and therefore into Europe.
Perhaps most importantly the Summit agreed that there would be absolutely no mandatory immigration quotas coming our of this crop of refugees; now, again, we are dealing with a massive concession here, and if this Summit is cited as a precedent for future meetings and policy decisions IN BRUSSELS. If this Summit among European leaders is appealed to as a basis for challenging any future immigration mandates coming from Brussels, the days of issuing immigration quotas from Brussels on member nations are over. Brussels has just basically killed its own capacity to mandate immigration quotas on any member nations from here on end. And more, and here is the tricky part, the Summit agreed to establish refugee camps and migrant processing centers along the border of Bavaria as well as outside of Europe, in countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia. The idea is that EU funds would be used to provide incentive and persuade those countries to set up the camps and processing centers, but thus far, to my knowledge, no countries in Africa have agreed to this, while a couple have actually gone so far as to rule themselves out.
In many respects, the deal that was struck by the EU nations is already being criticized as ridiculously vague and thin, with no real solution in sight. Of course, the big stand off was that Merkel’s Bavarian interior minister threatened to resign over this, which he has since back away from. But HERE are the two important takeaways from all of this. There was no real solution in sight when it comes to the political plight of Angela Merkel. She certainly seems to have bought some time. She can go back and tell Bavaria that the refugees will be taken by other nations or at the most, will be housed in processing centers around the Bavarian border. The one thing she was able to come back and say is: ‘Well, you in Bavaria do not have to worry about the refugees anymore; I took care of that!’ Precisely HOW she did so is anyone’s guess. So, no, there was no real resolution when it comes to Angela Merkel’s political plight.
However, when it comes to the goals and the intentions of the Visegrad Four and Austria and Italy, when it comes to what THEY wanted, this meeting could not have gone better in many respects. They wanted to leave the meeting with the absolute guarantee that the borders of Europe would be closed and secured primarily via Italy 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, a And they got that, and they got that big time! IF this Summit agreement is used as precedent for future immigration policies in Brussels, which it will be, it really does appear that migration quotas are no longer are part of the EU.
Here is what’s so fascinating about this. I got this tidbit from one of our subscribers. Norway, which is not even a member nation, Norway’s center-right prime minister was actually toying with the idea of helping out and taking in some of the refugees, and the moment that the center-right’s coalition partner, the so-called ‘far-right’ Progress Party, which is also known as the FrP, as soon as they got wind of that they came out and said: “Over our dead bodies.” The FrP are totally Euro-skeptic, and they came out against the prime minister and said: ‘No way! It is not going to happen! We warned the EU about this back in 2015; we said that opening the borders to refugees would be a disaster, a political, economic, and cultural disaster, Norway is its own sovereign nation and we do not want to have anything to do with this whatsoever.’ So, the FrP, which is one of the most successful rightwing parties in the Nordic countries is stepping up and saying, not here, no way!
So, it appears more and more European nations are saying, no more; this multicultural open society experiment of a globalist dedicated Brussels is over. They want nothing to do with it.
When all is said and done, the European Summit for Angela Merkel appears just too little too late; there is nothing they really agreed on that was not already being enforced by the Visegrad Four and Austria and Italy. Eventually, it appears that Germany itself will fall to the pressure of protecting its own borders from the conservative tug in Bavaria. With Austria now assuming the Presidency of the Council of the EU, it really does appear like Austria, Italy, and the Visegrad Four are leading the way to a pro-nationalist European order.