No financial aid to EU members that don't help refugees

Germany's Economy Minister says EU member countries will not give financial aid to countries that don't help over refugee crisis

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel speak at the start of a German government's special cabinet meeting focused on the refugee crisis at the German Chancellery in Berlin

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel commented to the German newspaper Bild during an interview saying that EU members that don’t share European values of human empathy and solidarity won’t get financial aid from the bloc, Reuters reports.

"Europe is a community of values based on human sympathy and solidarity. And those that don't share our values can't count on our money over time," said Gabriel.

"If it continues like this, then Europe is in danger, more than it was from the financial crisis or the Greece crisis."

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere stressed the Economy Minister’s words and said that while Germany was opening sport centres, shelters and homes for refugee families, other countries were "laying barbed wire on their borders and closing the gates."

Thomas de Maiziere made referance to a EU member country, Hungary, that built barbed-wire fences in southern Serbia and started to build another one on the south-western border Croatia to prevent refugees fleeing the war in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Hungary also deployed soldiers to tighten its borders on Sunday with five trucks and armored Hummer vehicles.

On the other hand Croatia recently said that they will not prevent refugees to pass through their territory, but warned about mines that remnant from the war in the 1990’s. Following this announcement, Croatia on Thursday declared that it closed most of its roads that link with Serbia “until further notice.”

A baby lays on a blanket on the ground as migrants take a break as they head towards the Serbia-Croatian border near the town of Bezdan on September 17, 2015.

Gabriel stressed that Germany bear the brunt by saying "Germany is helping. The question is, who is helping Germany?"

Minister Gabriel responded to some EU member countries that were giving out an impression that "Europe is something people join in with when there's money and where they hide in the bushes when they have to take responsibility."

Gabriel said that "money cannot keep on flowing in Europe as it has so far if Germany, Austria and Sweden organize and finance taking in refugees alone."

Meanwhile, Germany proposed a law that gives Syrian’s fleeing the war-torn areas an exception, however it must pass Bundestag before it can go into effect.

“This draft counteracts the new German welcome culture,” said Karl Kopp, spokesman for the pro-refugee organization ProAsyl. “It contains a toughness and populism that is not acceptable.”

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Thursday that he was appalled by the scenes.

“The images of women and young children being assaulted with tear gas and water cannons at Hungary’s border with Serbia were truly shocking. I am appalled at the callous, and in some cases illegal, actions of the Hungarian authorities in recent days, which include denying entry to, arresting, summarily rejecting and returning refugees, using disproportionate force on migrants and refugees, as well as reportedly assaulting journalists and seizing video documentation. Some of these actions amount to clear violations of international law,” he said in a statement.

TRTWorld and agencies