European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker lashed out at some eastern European countries for refusing to welcome refugees and warned them of possible cuts in development aid in the future.
Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania opposed September’s European Union decision for each country to shelter its share of 120,000 refugees from Middle Eastern crisis areas.
While not identifying potential targets, Juncker said “we may have to ask ourselves whether the supply of European money via the European budget can’t be halted if a member state doesn’t live up to its responsibilities.”
Some eastern countries have forgotten the help they got in turning around their societies after the fall of communism, Juncker said at a banking conference in Frankfurt on Thursday. He criticized EU governments more broadly for agreeing on refugee policy at Brussels summits, then failing to follow up.