Poland refuses to accept migrants after Paris attacks


WARSAW: Poland has refused to accept migrants under European Union (EU) quotas following the brazen terrorist attacks in Paris in which 127 people were killed.
“Poland cannot accept migrants under European Union (EU) quotas after the attacks in Paris,” country’s european affairs minister designate Konrad Szymanski said.
In a commentary published in the right-leaning news portal wPolityce.pl, Szymanski said his incoming government did not agree with Poland’s commitment to accept its share of an EU-wide relocation of immigrants, and now, “in the face of the tragic acts in Paris, we do not see the political possibilities to implement (this).”
“The (EU Council) decision is valid for all EU countries, but its implementation is very hard to imagine today,” Szymanski said in a separate interview for RMF FM radio. “We have to wait for the EU Court of Justice, for Brussel’s reaction.”
Szymanski will take up his position on Monday as part of a government formed by last month’s election winner, the conservative and eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party.
In September, Poland broke ranks with its ex-communist partners from the ‘Visegrad group’ – Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia – by backing a European Union plan to share out 120,000 refugees across the 28-nation bloc.
Under the plan, agreed by the outgoing centre-right, pro-EU government, Poland was to take in 4,500 refugees, adding to some 2,000 it has already accepted.

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