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Czech PM rejects Merkel’s asylum policy proposals

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has firmly rejected Chancellor Angela Merkel's (CDU's) recent proposals on European asylum policy.

Published: June 6, 2018, 9:40 am

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    “We said it clearly: It’s our people, our companies who decide who works with us and who lives with us,” said Babis, according to the news agency AFP on Monday.

    Moreover, the idea is unrealistic that the EU border agency Frontex will in future “protect everything”. That would have to be done by EU member states themselves. Migrants must be helped on the ground and migration “stopped outside the European continent”.

    Merkel had previously reacted to reform ideas by French President Emmanuel Macron and spoke out in favour of a “common asylum system” within the EU. Frontex must become “a real European border police in the medium term,” she claimed in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

    Babis also rejected the “flexible system of distribution of tasks” suggested by Merkel, in which each country should make “equal contributions”. This would oblige EU members that do not wish to receive asylum seekers to provide financial support to other countries. “We do not want to compensate for that, why should we compensate with contributions?” the news agency cited Babis as saying.

    The Czech Republic belongs to a group of Eastern European countries that strongly reject the admission of Muslim immigrants. It was not until December that the European Commission brought an action against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic before the European Court of Justice.

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