Babiš against accepting “even one migrant”

The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, says he does not want to accept “even one migrant”. Speaking at an annual meeting of the country’s top diplomats in Prague on Monday, he proposed a “Marshall Plan” for Africa that would encourage would-be migrants to remain in their country of origin.

Mr. Babiš called for a common European Union approach to the issue of migration but again rejected a policy of sharing out refugees among member states. He said the EU should focus more on ensuring the continent’s security.

The prime minister also said that anybody speaking about a possible Czech departure from the EU was threatening the country’s future and pointed to the fact that 83 percent of the Czech Republic’s exports were to other EU states.

Author: Ian Willoughby