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MEP: Juncker wishes to fracture the EU

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUJean-Claude Juncker, President of European Commission, does not help to resolve the current situation with asylum seekers with his actions. He instead works to fracture the European Union, believes MEP Roberts Zile.

Commenting on recently reported information regarding Juncker’s planned speech in front of the EP next week, Zile said Juncker raised interior matters above Europe’s interests. «Any politician elected by his people does everything in the interest of his citizens. If we look at the expected ‘state of play’ in Juncker’s performance, we find German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s position in its foundation,» – believes Zile.

When asked if Latvia can expect even more refugees, the politician said it was already known in summer. In addition, Latvia’s coalition had previously discussed that. «It was less about those 250 refugees and more about what will happen in September. I don’t know if people had any illusions. Juncker had mentioned during the last session that the Council’s decision on voluntary division is incomplete and he will continue pushing mandatory quotas,» – said Zile.

As it is known, EC President Jean Claude Juncker is preparing to voice a request to significantly increase the number of asylum-seekers who will be divided among EU member states. According to officials aware of Juncker’s project, EC wants to resettle 160,000 who have arrived in Italy, Greece and Hungary to other member states.

Juncker’s speech is scheduled for Wednesday morning. In it, the EC President will voice his proposals for resolving the illegal immigration crisis. Aside from measures meant to divide up arriving refugees among EU member states, Juncker’s plan provides for creating a special fund to help stabilize the situation in North African countries.

EC representative Natasha Bertraude has confirmed that Junker’s proposals suggest dividing refugees that have arrived in Hungary. She did not mention any numbers. Those will be revealed by Juncker in his speech.

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