The Czech Republic on June 4 rejected a proposal by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that called for a pan-European border police force.
Merkel has proposed a flexible system in which states that do not want to take in their quota of asylum seekers – based on population, unemployment rate, and GDP – would be able to provide more assistance in other dimensions of migration management, including policing.
The compromise was rejected in Prague, where burden sharing on a transnational level is rejected in principle. The Czech Republic is one of the EU Member States that is resolutely opposed to burden sharing.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis did not oppose member state assistance to prevent illegal migration, tweeting he would support “all EU initiatives” based on this principle. Babis, however, has opposed the policy for the distribution of asylum seekers, in line with the common position of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.
The German proposal of pooling EU-wide resources undermines the fundamental position of the group that migration policy is the preserve of each individual nation-state.