Theo Francken accuses EU of hypocrisyThursday, 07 June 2018 18:03
The Secretary of State had also insisted that Europe should be able to push back boatloads of migrants. During an interview, he had said that, to do this, Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights would need to be circumvented. A few hours later, however, he qualified this statement, explaining that it was not Art. 3 of the Convention that he wanted circumvented but “the broad interpretation that the European Court of Human Rights has given to it.”
On Wednesday, the Secretary of State admitted that he should not have used the word “circumvent” but should rather have talked about “redirecting the boats to Tunisia”. He then explained that he was not aiming at a massive violation of Art. 3.
On the other hand, the Flemish nationalist was not happy with the response of European Commissioner Dimitri Avramopoulos to his statements. Avramopoulos had stated that “the Australian model would never be followed in Europe” and that there would be no push backs to North Africa.
According to Francken, the commissioner had nevertheless already gone to Tunisia to discuss the issue. The EU “has concluded a deal with Erdogan’s Turkey and another with the militias in Libya which, in the field of human rights are champions in Africa,” Francken said. "They say the Rue de la Loi (seat of parliament) runs on hypocrisy; I think the same goes for the Schuman Roundabout (EU headquarters),” he stated. “That is again being confirmed today.”
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