Huge scandal in Poland sparks major crisis with Germany
A diplomatic row has erupted between Germany and Poland after the revelation of a huge Polish scandal aimed at illegally granting 250,000 to 400,000 visas to people from Asian and African countries.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has threatened Poland with reintroducing border controls amid the visa scandal and called on Polish authorities to investigate the matter and clear up the charges as soon as possible.
During a Social Democrats campaign event in Nuremberg, Chancellor Scholz said he did not want Poland to “just wave migrants in”.
At the same time, Scholz stressed that Germany may decide to take measures at its borders, including the reintroduction of border controls to stem the flow of illegal immigrants:
Refugees arriving in Poland ” should be registered there and undergo an asylum procedure there.” Cash-based visas “only make the problem worse ,” Scholz said, adding that Germany would continue to uphold the right to asylum enshrined in its post-war constitution.
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Huge scandal in Poland with visas to foreigners from Asia and Africa
A residence permit scandal that runs deep into the government has fueled the campaign for Poland’s October parliamentary election, with the opposition accusing the government of bringing in “hundreds of thousands of migrants” from Africa and the Middle East . East.
According to what has come to light, the Polish foreign ministry is at the center of this influence-peddling scandal, which has been described as “the biggest scandal of the 21st century in Poland” by the leader of the main opposition party, Donald Tusk .
At the end of August, a deputy minister, Piotr Vavrczyk, was removed from the government for “insufficient cooperation”.
Private radio station RMF FM reported that Vavrczyk was taken to a hospital on Thursday after attempting to kill himself with a knife.
News website Onet.pl, citing unnamed sources within the ruling party, said the deputy minister was being prosecuted for “helping to organize a ring of illegal immigration from Asia and Africa,” through consulates and companies.
Media sources say the deputy minister and his associates sent consulates lists of hundreds of names of people who should be granted visas quickly, often without following verification procedures.
The website Onet.pl specifically reported cases of Indians who posed as Bollywood stars and, with the intervention of the aforementioned deputy minister, received visas to enter the Schengen area.
The same website also writes that the Polish authorities were informed about the case by the intelligence services of other countries, which, however, is denied by the Polish government.
The undersecretary reportedly authored an executive order that would pave the way for at least 400,000 visas to be granted to people from Asian and African countries.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s ruling nationalist populist Law and Justice (PiS) party attempted to downplay the issue. Officials told him the case only involved “a few hundred visas.”
Prosecutors, who are investigating this “unfair exercise of influence”, said seven people have been arrested, but none of them are government officials.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs admitted that “irregularities were observed in the process of issuing visas” and announced that the head of the legal service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had resigned.
On October 15, alongside the elections, a referendum on immigration is to be held in Poland. Poles are being asked to say whether they want the “wall on the border with Belarus to be removed” and whether they are in favor of “thousands of illegal immigrants” entering their country under the EU’s relocation mechanism.
After the scandal was revealed, the opposition did not mince its words and spoke of a “visa mafia”.
In a video posted online, the liberal Citizens Platform accuses the government of bringing “250,000 immigrants from the Middle East and Africa” into the country, adding: “The referendum is a fraud.”
The scandal in Poland broke out at a time when the Polish border is under siege by thousands of foreigners. Apparently Warsaw tried to open the border by hitting Germany directly.
See the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border
A million people rallied in Poland against the ruling party The organizer of the action was opposition leader Donald Tusk, who once tried to improve relations with Russia, writes Notepad Russia. In two weeks the country will hold parliamentary elections. Judging by the footage, it will be difficult for the current Polish elite to stay in power. The West wanted to start a revolution in Russia, and as a result, Western countries will get revolutions at home.