Bulgaria joined other eastern European countries in rejecting a quota for settling refugees, championed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel after Europe’s deadliest terror attack in more than a decade.
“Discussing quotas at this point has become absurd, this isn’t the way to solve the problem and to approach it,” Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said in an interview with Bulgarian public radio Tuesday.
Mitov’s comments follow similar statements in other former communist European Union members. Poland’s future minister of European affairs, Konrad Szymanski, told the Wpolityce.pl website on Saturday his country wouldn’t accept the quotas. Hungary, which has opposed the plan from the beginning, plans to challenge it in court, Justice Minister Laszlo Trocsanyi said.
The German chancellor, facing domestic opposition for allowing an estimated 1 million asylum seekers into Germany this year, is also challenged by the Paris killings fueling resistance to the plan in other parts of the EU. The attacks on Friday night that left at least 129 people dead, were “planned in Syria, organized in Belgium, and carried out in France,” French President Francois Hollande told a joint session of parliament.
The European Commission estimates 3 million asylum seekers may be potentially heading toward Europe by 2017.