European countries have accepted up to 10% of the total 160,000 refugees that were estimated to be moved from unhygienic and overcrowded camps in Italy and Greece, being Malta and Finland the only ones meeting refugee relocation obligations.
This means that countries have only accomplished 8% of pledged refugee resettlements. More precisely, 13,546 relocations have been carried out so far, 3,936 coming from Italy and 9,610 from Greece. The European Commission warns that it will admit “no more excuses”.
While countries such as Hungary, Austria and Poland refused to participate in the European resettlement plan, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia and many other are carrying it out on a “very limited basis”.
Meanwhile, the European Commission insisted that the treaty between the European Union and Turkey is working fine a year after its ratification. Crossings from Turkey to Greece have decreased from 10,000 people in a single day to 43 per day currently, with overall entrances going down by 98%.
After allegations of government attack on freedom of press, the current Polish political crisis has worsened over the last few days, with diverse protests both in and outside the nation’s Parliament. Hundreds of furious anti-government demonstrators besieged the building, preventing politicians from the ruling Polish party, called Law and Justice, from leaving,
The turning point of the instability has definitely been the last government plan to limit media access to the Polish Parliament. Since the country returned to democracy almost 27 years ago, journalists have enjoyed unrestricted access, being free to follow every issue addressed in the Parliament and ask politicians any question.
This access has been regarded as a basic example of Polish democracy. However, the current government believes it is an unwanted privilege that the press has abused. Consequently, the government proposed cutting down the number of journalists with parliamentary accreditation, which has resulted in a sharp national crisis whose termination does not seem to be about to happen.
In fact, protesters hope to take to the streets again in order to keep pressuring the government as much as possible, while allegations of attemped coups d’état and threats to democracy increase.