By Cynthia Kroet
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said Tuesday that the EU is “committing a ritual suicide” with its migration policy.
“If it takes until late 2016 or 2017 for Europe to set up its planned border and coast guard force, the EU will have killed itself,” Fico said in an interview with Czech newspaper Pravo.
The Slovak prime minister, who has long been critical of the European Commission’s plans for dealing with the refugee crisis, said the EU’s refugee relocation system is “a complete fiasco” and that migrants distributed according to quotas were “impossible to integrate” in Slovakia.
“If, based on temporary or permanent quotas, someone forces us to import 50,000 people with completely different habits and religions — and these are mostly young men — I can’t imagine how we could integrate them. We can’t,” Fico said.
Earlier this month, Fico reiterated his statements that he wants to stop Muslims from entering his country in the wake of the mass sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.
He then told reporters that “once you let migrants in, you can face such problems.”
Slovakia has 300 police officers ready to deploy at the external borders of the passport-free Schengen area, Fico said. His country last year filed a lawsuit against the EU for its quota system.