Posted by Shane Galvin | Apr 19, 2017 | National Security
Milan Chovanec’s comments garnered the attention of the press and EU bureaucrats.
Milan Chovanec has come out as a strong voice for Czech sovereignty and safety.
The Czech Republic is resisting the migrant policy dictated to all EU member countries. They are one a few countries in the EU to take measures to prevent the flooding of their country. Thus far, the country has taken only 12 of its assigned 1,600 migrants, and their Interior Secretary has come out and said that they will be accepting no more. The reasoning? There isn’t any way to vet all of the migrants properly.
“Ongoing security checks show that the country can no longer accept anyone else,” said Milan Chovanec. “We check thoroughly and in detail during the process, which takes between several weeks and more than two months. But these people [that the Czech Republic have been told to take in as refugees] were not prepared to remain in place while being vetted. Because of that, we haven’t given them security clearance.”
One of the major problems of vetting migrants is the fact that they move about the EU without supervision. When they arrive in Italy or Greece or another European Mediterranean country, they have access to all of the countries that comprise the Schengen Zone.
Map of Schengen Area.
The Schengen Zone is comprised of European Union member countries that do not require a passport for travel within said area. This area includes France, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Greece. So, when migrants are granted entrance into any of these countries, they have access to all of these countries. Many of these migrants are put into camps prior to being granted citizenship or refuge. However, a lot don’t stay, choosing to move to the various and geologically tightknit EU countries.
In 2016 340,000 migrants arrived by way of the Mediterranean Sea into Greece and Italy alone. Smaller countries, like Hungary, Czech Republic, and Poland, have resisted the influx of migrants. Though the number of migrants assigned to each member country is proportional to the size of the country, these countries are still unwilling.
Due to this and the rejection of prescriptive and presumptuous policies, the EU has resorted to threatening punitive punishment. The executive branch of EU administration released a statement that included, “If Member States do not increase their relocations soon, the Commission will not hesitate to make use of its powers…for those which have no complied.” Moreover, Italy, Germany, Sweden, and others have called for EU to end subsidies to the countries that do not comply. These countries being Hungary, Poland, and, now, the Czech Republic.
Milan Chovanec, who has stepped up as a voice for Czech sovereignty.
The interior minister of the Czech Republic imagines that the fines will be in the “range of several million Euros.” Going on to say, “It is then up to the government to assess if it’s worth paying the penalty or not. In my opinion – yes. You cannot let people here without running all the checks.”
This statement amounts to saying that the insured security and protection of Czechs is worth millions of Euros in subsidies. This is, after all, the charge – the duty – of every government. In the opinion of places like Sweden and Germany, the Czech Republic is deficient in its duties to the EU; but in the view of the Czech Republic, these other countries are deficient in their duties to their polity. The crisis in Sweden is obvious.
The Czech Republic seems to be on something of a nationalistic kick, taking control over its country in spite of the attempts of EU and private corporations to horn in on their sovereignty. Not only has the country refused to take in more migrants than they can vet, but they have also recently banned Uber in their second-largest city Brno, citing the company’s unwillingness to comply with regulations.
Whether this nationalistic trend continues will be indicated by the French Presidential election, which will take place on April 24. At this point, pollsters have stated that the race is too close to call. However, all are surprised by the popularity of Marie Le Pen, who is the nationalistic candidate in the race. Le Pen has been the heel of the press, much like President Donald Trump, because she doesn’t share the same worldview as the elite media and the establish governing bodies of EU countries. The vitriolic attacks on her by the media and her opponents are an indication of how much change this candidate would bring if they were allowed to steer the ship of government. To project into the future, if Le Pen wins, which she may, France would most likely begin to hedge the amounts of migrants that they accepted, if not resisted the program entirely. This would bring France in direct opposition to the established EU leadership. France would probably be fined as much or more than Poland, Hungary, or the Czech Republic. However, with the backing of a major country like France, these smaller EU countries now have a coalition that could effectively resist the EU migration policies. This type of coalition could change the direction of the EU.
This step by the Czech Republic is thus a step for national sovereignty and a challenge to the authority of the EU’s international bureaucracy over traditionally sovereign nation states. It is, perhaps, a step towards the dissolution of the EU.