The open borders policies being pushed by the European Union aren’t nearly as popular across the continent as Angela Merkel might have you believe. Another example of that fact surfaced on Friday when Denmark announced that they were dispatching more than one hundred members of their military to the German border to augment and relieve police units currently handling the work. If Brussels has anything to say about it, they’re playing it close to the vest for now. (Daily Caller)
Denmark will deploy armed soldiers to its southern border and a number of potential terror targets Friday.
Some 160 soldiers will take over the workload of 128 police officers until further notice. They will support controls along the border to Germany and guard sites such as the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen, the National Police announced Thursday.
The synagogue has been under constant surveillance since February 2015, when a security guard was shot dead by a man of Palestinian descent. The gunman, Omar El-Hussein, opened fire outside a free speech event prior to the shooting at the mosque, killing one man and injuring a number of police officers.
Denmark has actually been guarding its borders since January of last year when terror threats across Europe had them in a heightened state of readiness. The EU went along with the idea, but attempted to set a limit on how long they could do it. That agreement was supposed to expire on November 12. Denmark’s Immigration Minister was rather blunt in saying that lifting the border controls was something that’s simply not going to happen.
It’s also interesting to note the language coming from government officials on this matter. They’re citing both the need to “prevent illegal migration” and to “save human lives.” Combined with the fact that they are dispensing security forces to guard major Jewish centers against terrorists, there’s little mystery as to where their concerns lie. The EU is once again scrambling to pass a rules change to extend Denmark’s permission to do this for as much as another four years, making it sound as if it’s their idea, but it appears clear that Denmark was going to do it anyway.
This looks like yet another example of precisely how toothless the EU is when it comes to questions of border security among their members. The rest of the nations in the union have probably been watching what Hungary has been up to and taking a few tips from them. You’ll recall that the EU tried to tell Hungary that they had to stop restricting immigration across their southern border, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban responded by building a massive border fence and sending Brussels the bill for it. With an example like that to follow, it’s no wonder that Denmark probably feels free to act and secure their national interests.
With Brexit still underway and other countries watching to see how that plays out, the EU’s power seems to have been repeatedly challenged. And they’re not coming out of the scuffles looking like the winner. As long as the threat of terrorism and the negative impacts of unchecked migration remain a concern, expect this pattern to repeat in the future.