What’s going on in Europe is like a children’s game, such as Hot Potato or Musical Chairs. When Germany clamped down on its border with Austria, that sent the message that the northern European states were starting to come to their senses, which means that states further south are in danger of getting stuck with roving Muslim mobs whom they can’t move on through to the no-longer quite so delusional northerners. This has set off a ripple effect. Serbia is now worried that when the music stops it will end up with the hot potato.
The Guardian is starting to look like the Daily Mail. From the Guardian:
More than 7,000 refugees enter Croatia in the past 24 hours
Hundreds of people break through police lines at two border crossing between Serbia and Croatia
EU summit called for next week
Hungary says a ‘terrorist’ was among those arrested at border
Migrants push policemen during a stampede to board buses in Tovarnik, Croatia
Thursday 17 September 2015 14.06 EDT
Hundreds of people broke through police lines at two border crossing between Serbia and Croatia. Police at Tovarnik tried to stop people marching on the tracks towards Zagreb resulting in a stampede, which saw a number of people faint and one man suffer a heart attack. It was unclear whether the man survived..
Croatia’s Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic said his country cannot accept any more people after 7,300 people crossed the border in the last two days. Croatia’s President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic asked the army to be ready, if necessary, to protect its borders.
Calm has returned to Hungary’s border with Serbia a day after Hungarian police used teargas and water cannon to stop people crossing the sealed frontier. Serbia put on buses to help refugees to reach the Croatia border.
Amazingly enough, when a government shows itself willing to defend its borders from invasion, peace ensues.
Criticism of yesterday’s actions by Hungarian police have continued with UN’s human rights commission chief Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein describing it as callous and using disproportionate force, motivated by xenophobia and anti-Muslim views. The EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos also chastised Hungary, suggesting it was on the wrong side of history.
Have you noticed that people who say “the wrong side of history” a lot tend to be … evil?
The UN’s secretary general Ban Ki-moon condemned Hungary. “I was shocked to see how these refugees and migrants were treated. It’s not acceptable,” Ban told a news conference.
Slovenia has become the latest European country to reintroduce border controls. It informed the European Commission that from today its border with Hungary will be closed for at least 10 days. The country’s Red Cross said it expects 5,000 refugees to arrive in coming days, as thousands have poured into neighbouring Croatia.
Concerns are mounting about refugees straying into minefields in their search for ways round border restrictions in Balkans.