Thursday, 14 January, 2016

EU's Tusk won't call special summit on Cologne attacks on women -spokesman

Dana Christensen | 09 January, 2016, 00:46

Fico criticized many of his domestic opponents, saying he was "surprised to see the leaders of the opposition continue to trivialize - even after the attacks in Cologne and other European cities - the security risks associated with unregulated and uncontrolled migration within the EU".

"I call on the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to look into accelerating the decision on putting in place a European coastguard and border guard corps".

A German Interior Ministry spokesman told a news conference that federal police had identified 31 people suspected of playing a role in the violence, 18 of whom were in the process of seeking asylum in Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised to respond decisively to the assaults in Cologne and elsewhere in Germany, which have stoked a fierce debate about her refugee policies after officials said asylum seekers were among the attackers. Albers also allegedly withheld information from the public in relation to the case. "We don't want something like what happened in Germany taking place in Slovakia", he said. "By the time it is created - in the autumn at the earliest - 2 million immigrants could have come to Europe", he said.

After Fico's comments on Friday, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on his Twitter account that the Czech Republic was ready to support any action that led to the faster creation of a border guard, including an extraordinary summit.