Tuesday, August 9

The ‘popular’ Europeans ask the EU to finance border fences to stop migrants: “Let’s not be naive”

Fences at the borders against migrants with European money. This is what the president of the European PP is asking in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, who also aspires to preside over the political family, the European People’s Party. “For the popular Europeans it is very difficult to understand why the EU cannot finance a physical fence along the border with Belarus “, Weber has stated in Politico: “A hybrid war is being fought, we must not be naive. It is a question of defending ourselves and making sure that we decide who is allowed to enter Europe ourselves, not the dictator Lukashenko.”

Weber has insisted on his argument in an interview with a Lithuanian medium, LRT: “The European People’s Party, which is the largest in the European Parliament, does not understand why Europe cannot finance the construction of a physical barrier on the border with Belarus. We know the threats: it is a hybrid war. The Belarusian regime, Alexander Lukashenko, is waging a true hybrid war not only against Lithuania but against the entire Community, and we must defend ourselves. We firmly believe that financial resources should be used for the construction of the border”.

“People need to understand reality and I hope that the positions of the left and the liberals will change,” Weber continues: “I also do not want to see borders in the world, but if technically it is not possible to protect yourself in another way, please give us another answer. I don’t hear it from the European Commission [presidida por otra popular alemana, Ursula von der Leyen]That’s why I support Lithuania. ”

Thus, Weber is on the side of the call of 12 member countries to finance a physical barrier with EU money as a result of the increase in migrants arriving in the EU from Belarus.

Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia have signed a letter advanced by Politico in which they ask: “The physical barrier appears to be an effective border protection measure serving the interests of the entire EU. This legitimate measure should be additionally and adequately funded from the EU budget as a matter of priority.”

However, the matter was debated at the last summit of EU heads of state and government, but was dismissed. The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, ruled it out after the meeting: “There will be no funding for fences or walls.” Brussels has been resisting pressure from some countries to do so since 2015.

Both Latvia and Lithuania have decided to install at least temporary border barriers, mainly barbed wire fences, while Latvia plans to build a permanent one from next year. Both countries have prohibited the press from accessing the border areas with Belarus, thus vetoing independent news coverage of what happens in the area, reports Efe.

The Polish government already announced in August that it will build a 2.5 meter high wall along its border with Belarus to stop what it describes as a “migratory war” promoted by Lukashenko.