Plans originally put forward by the European Commission to relocate 160,000 refugees from Greece and Italy to each EU member state, according to a mandatory quota system, have been in chaos since they were agreed in September 2015.
Many countries — particularly in Eastern Europe — have refused to go along with the scheme, with both Slovakia and Hungary challenging the scheme in the European Court of Justice.
Now, Slovakia’s Prime Minister has delivered a huge blow to the plan, telling journalists:
“Quotas today clearly divide the EU, therefore I think they are politically finished.”
The migrant crisis has divided the EU, with many countries erecting border controls — including razor wire fences — to stem the flow of migrants flooding into Europe from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, neighboring refugee camps in the Middle East, as well as Africa.