Thursday, December 10, 2015

Islamic invasion of Europe update (December 10, 2015)

Migrant crisis risks Britain leaving EU: Cameron
London (AFP) - The migrant crisis sweeping Europe could lead to Britain voting to leave the European Union in an upcoming referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron warned in an interview published Thursday.

Cameron is currently touring Europe in an attempt to secure reforms to the 28-member bloc, before campaigning to stay in the EU ahead of the referendum promised before the end of 2017.

However, he said voters could be influenced by the influx of migrants on the continent, fleeing war in the Middle East and north Africa.

"With... the migration crisis, the short-term impact is for people to think, 'Oh Christ, push Europe away from me, it's bringing me problems'," he told Britain's Spectator magazine.

EU executive opens case against Hungary over its asylum law
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission opened on Thursday an infringement case against Hungary over its recently adopted asylum law because it breaches European Union rules.

The EU executive said it was not satisfied with the response from Hungarian authorities regarding its concerns.

"As a consequence of these concerns, the Commission has today initiated an infringement procedure and sent a letter of formal notice to Hungary. The Hungarian authorities have two months to respond to the Commission," the EU executive said.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policy is to fend off the flow of hundreds of thousands of migrants pouring into Europe from the Middle East and Asia, triggering criticism from his neighbors.

The man responsible for Berlin's central registration center for migrants has resigned following criticism about the chaotic conditions on site.

The head of Berlin state's department for health and social affairs says Franz Allert had asked to be released from his post immediately "in view of the massive personal criticism" directed at him.

Senator Mario Czaja said in a statement late Wednesday that a newly created office for refugee affairs will receive additional funding and staff to cope with the workload caused by the influx of migrants to the German capital.

The registration center, known as the LaGeSo, has been overwhelmed by the number of people arriving in Berlin since the summer, when Germany agreed to allow migrants stuck in Hungary to come to the country.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble says it is necessary for the European Union to better protect its external border to be able to cope with the current wave of migrants.

Speaking to reporters in Prague Thursday, Schaueble says that with better management "we can destroy the business model of the human smuggling organizations."

Schaeuble was in the Czech capital to attend a meeting of the EPP Christian Democrat group of the European Parliament.

According to Schaeuble, migration also has a positive side, at least for Germany, because with the migrants "we can fight our demographic problems ... (and) ... we can integrate the people into our labor market." [A dose of insanity - ed.]

He says he is confident that with proper management of the border protection "we will manage" the migrant crisis.

EU's liberal lunacy
A top European human rights official is decrying Europe's handling of the huge influx of migrants and asylum-seekers into the continent, calling it "simply disastrous," and is urging European nations to change tack.

Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muiznieks said in a statement Thursday on the occasion of international human rights day that Europe is letting migrants and asylum-seekers down.

He said the arrivals are a challenge for many countries. But the response by some, which includes toughening up immigration laws and erecting fences, is wrong, causing unnecessary suffering to people who have already been through traumatic experiences.

He said European countries have to improve reception conditions, ease safe passage and access to asylum and better integrate migrants so that the values of solidary and tolerance they have committed themselves to are upheld.

EU to sue Greece, Italy and Croatia for failing to correctly register migrants
The European Union has started legal action against Greece, Italy and Croatia for failing to correctly register migrants.

Tens of thousands of migrants have arrived in those countries over the last few months but less than half of them have been registered by national authorities. Greece has only fingerprinted around 121,000 of the almost half a million people who arrived there between July 20 and Nov. 30 this year, according to the European Commission.

The Commission warned the three countries about the shortfalls two months ago, but said Thursday that these "concerns have not been effectively addressed."

The EU's executive arm said it sent formal letters of notice to the three, the first formal step in infringement proceedings.