A new study by the Pew Research Center has found that 86% of Spaniards, who have a socialist government, support welcoming refugees – the highest percentage of 18 nations surveyed, including 10 European Union (EU) countries. According to the survey, only 13% of Spaniards said they would “oppose accepting refugees fleeing violence and war.”
For anyone who has lived in Spain for any length of time, this is no surprise. The Spanish people are an inspiration in support of basic human values of family, community, and compassion. In contrast, Italy, Hungary, and Poland, all with nationalist governments, rank lowest in the EU. It is no coincidence that Hungary is in danger of EU sanctions in response to assaults on democracy by Viktor Orbán’s government there.
Similarly, Poland is under a sanctions procedure in connection with the contradictory law on the Supreme Court, which may deprive Warsaw of its voting rights in the EU.
Italy, too, is skating on thin ice with the EU because of its interior minister Matteo Salvini’s stance on refusing aid to refugees rescued at sea. Salvini who is under investigation by a Sicilian prosecutor for abuse of office, kidnapping and illegal arrest said last month that the “EU is filth”.
Give me Spain any day.
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