New Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg used his first European summit to publicly call for a wall in Lithuania. In his opinion, Europe should co-finance it, “why should only Lithuanian taxpayers pay for it?” Committee chair Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday afternoon that Europe would not do that. “We fund border security and infrastructure, but no walls or barbed wire. We have an agreement with Parliament on this.”
However, based on a proposal from ten member states, the European Council wants Brussels to make proposals for tougher asylum legislation and better protection of external borders, “in line with our international commitments including funding”. “We need it badly, no one knows what lies ahead,” said Lithuanian President Gitanas Nosida.
“There could suddenly be three to five thousand migrants at your border, or showing up in different places at the same time. Belarus is using it to eliminate its sovereign neighbors,” Nosida said, and to put pressure on the rest of Europe. “We cannot prevent migrants from traveling if we cannot Who prevented them ourselves.” “Either that or the abolition of open internal borders and freedom of movement in Europe,” said Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karenz.
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