The migration issue has come to the forefront once again. Four countries blame Jean-Claude Juncker for Brexit and two seek his ouster.
The Financial Times reports Eastern Europeans Bemoan Brexit and Shun Closer EU Integration.
- Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic issued a joint statement “The genuine concerns of our citizens need to be better reflected. National parliaments have to be heard.“
- Poland and the Czech republic want Juncker booted.
- Governments in Warsaw, Budapest, Prague and Bratislava say powers should be repatriated to national capitals to make the EU more democratically accountable.
- “No one believes in the United States of Europe” said Poland’s deputy prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
- “Our voice is the voice of reason,” said Morawiecki, “as for many years the British voice was the voice of reason.”
- Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said the overall functioning of the EU and the commission should change.
- Robert Fico, the Eurosceptic premier of Slovakia — which takes over the EU’s rotating presidency this week — has offered to host an exceptional summit to discuss the bloc’s future shape. “If somebody thinks we can offer to the European public what we give it now after Brexit, they are mistaken,” said Fico.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock