Poland Bucks the EU: ‘We Won’t Be Blackmailed’ Into Taking Refugees

In an effort to aid the humanitarian refugee crisis, the European Union committed to resettling 160,000 refugees currently living in Italy and Greece in 2015 over the next two years.

However, the Independent reported that as of May 2017, fewer than 18,500 people have been resettled, and although Poland was assigned 6,200 refugees, it has admitted none so far.

Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner for migration, claimed everyone needs to share responsibility for these people and called on Poland and Hungary, both of which have not taken in refugees, “to start doing so right now.”

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According to the Independent, Avramopoulos announced that if they fail to do so by June, the commission will impose sanctions.

However, on Wednesday, during a speech before parliament, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło said Poland will not be “blackmailed” and, according to BizPac Review, said she would prefer any sanction to hordes of refugees.

She also asked where Europe is headed and said, “Rise from your knees and from your lethargy, or you will be crying over your children every day.”

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She claimed that anyone who doesn’t see the threat terrorism poses and thinks Poland shouldn’t defend itself is “going hand in hand with those who point this weapon against Europe, against all of us.”

In front of cheering members of parliament, Szydło said that “this is an attack on Europe, on our culture, on our traditions” and posed a question to everyone in the room and all Europeans:

“Do we want politicians who say we have to get used to terrorist attacks and who describe terrorist attacks as ‘incidents’ or do we want strong politicians that can see a danger and can fight against it efficiently?”

On Thursday, she tweeted that Poland will remain in the E.U. but wants it to be “uniform, stable, and safe.”

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