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European Union takes Czechs, Hungary, Poland to court over refugees

European Union takes Czechs, Hungary, Poland to court over refugees

The EU executive also announced on Thursday it would be escalating its attack on Hungary over measures taken to curb meddling in its domestic affairs by globalist billionaire George Soros.

The European Commission is to sue Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for refusing to take in asylum seekers.

Mariusz Blaszczak, interior minister, confirmed that Poland will not take into consideration the previous cabinet's declarations when ruling Civic Platform-Polish People's Party agreed to admit around 7,000 Syrian people from refugee camps located in Italy and Greece. For Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic this legal precedent - not news, but a logical effect.

His stance is likely to provoke further anger among other European Union members who believe the three post-communist countries have failed to show sufficient solidarity with their peers and have threatened retribution, including siphoning away some of the funds the European Union contributes to their development.

"The European Commission has chose to refer the case to the European court of justice against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for failure to fulfil their obligations under migration", - he said.

"The replies received were again found not satisfactory and three countries have given no indication that they will contribute to the implementation of the relocation decision", a statement said.

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He said the quota system had fuelled anti-migrant sentiment and played into the hands of the far right.

Separately, the commission is also taking Hungary to the ECJ over its laws on higher education and NGOs.

The EC's deputy chair Frans Timmermans said a change of attitude on the part of these countries' governments could still resolve the situation out of court.

The move underscores the EU's toughening stance toward both the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his right-wing allies in Poland over the bloc's democracy norms and migration.

Hungary also caused controversy in June when it passed legislation forcing non-governmental organisations to declare themselves "foreign-funded".


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