Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced the failure of the migration policy of the EU authorities, saying that “the days of the European Commission are numbered.”
Europe needs a new approach to solving migration problems. Victor Orban noted that the days of the current composition of the European Commission are “numbered”, its mandate expires in May 2019, noting the ineffectiveness of EC migration decisions and comparing its members with the reflex movements of the prepared frog.
This was announced by the head of the Hungarian cabinet in an interview with MR1-Kossuth Radio, also partially published by Reuters.
“The decisions and proposals of the European Commission resemble the last movements of the legs of frogs in the experiments that we saw when we were at school. They do not matter.
We need a new commission, with a new approach. “We need a commission that will not punish countries that defend their borders, like Hungary.”
In an interview with the German edition of Bild, Victor Orban also noted that all attempts to create a certain common migration policy by the leadership of the European Union over the past few years have been unsuccessful.
“Migration policy is not a common task for the entire European Union. This is a matter of national importance for each individual state. Since 2015, they are trying to give this issue the character of the common task of the EU – and fail.
If I began to pursue the same migration policy as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, I would be kicked out of the government. Country borders must be protected. Every migrant who has been saved must return to Africa. This is the only way to prevent a large number of deaths at sea.
If we want to save lives, it is necessary to stop people on the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea to prevent them from embarking on a hopeless journey. ”
Babish: the problem of migration will become the main one before the elections in the EU
The problem of migration in Europe will become the main one for voters at the elections in the European Union in May next year and will show that many voters will adhere to anti-migration positions, said Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babish.
According to Babish, problems in the unlimited Schengen zone will be more relevant than problems in the eurozone currency group.
“Everyone is talking about the euro area, which is really funny. We should talk about Schengen, ”he said in an interview with Reuters.
This issue will also affect the executive branch of the EU, the European Commission, he said, adding that it’s strange for him to realize that so many people want to discuss reforms in the eurozone, and not in the Schengen area, which covers most of the bloc.
Babis, who advocates the principle of free movement, but wants to strengthen the borders around Europe, said it is necessary to expand the Schengen area for all EU countries on the continent, including Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.
The billionaire businessman Babis became the dominant politician in the Czech Republic and easily won the election last October with promises to attract investment in the state, defend Brussels’s position and fight against illegal migration.
India imposes 25% import duties on solar panels from China and Malaysia
Indian authorities announced the introduction of import duties on solar panels made in China and Malaysia.
The Ministry of Finance of India has reported that duties have been applied to these products with a downward coefficient until July 2020. As noted in the official government publication Gazette of India, import duties on solar panels made in China and Malaysia will amount to 25% by 2019, 20% by January 2020 and 15% until July 2021 (pdf).
As a number of Indian media sources said earlier, import duties are introduced on the recommendation of the Directorate General for Trade Protection of India as a protective measure for Indian companies in the field of solar energy. According to Reuters, imports from China to India account for more than 90% of purchases of products in the solar energy sector.
This decision of the Indian authorities is most likely one of the manifestations of the state policy for the implementation of the Make in India initiative launched in 2014 with the aim of increasing the production capacity of a number of key industries in India.