Poland hits back at Angela Merkel for criticising anti-migrant EU partners
Poland has hit back at German chancellor Angela Merkel for criticising European Union partners who are refusing to give refugee protection to Muslims.
Countries such as Poland that reject EU-negotiated refugee quotas are in line with the public mood and right to restrict asylum applicants, said the country's deputy foreign minister Konrad Szymanski.
He was responding to Ms Merkel's criticism of EU countries, particularly in Eastern Europe, that rebuffed plans to share responsibility across the 28-nation bloc for sheltering people fleeing war and poverty.
"I believe it is harmful to Europe and is already bringing far-reaching opposition," said Mr Szymanski.
He added that such views were common in Western Europe, where people "feel less and less safe in this context."