BELGRADE – The EU migrant crisis has been plunged into further turmoil after the Prime Minister of Slovakia – which currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU – Robert Fico, declared plans to relocate 160,000 refugees by mandatory quota across member states “politically finished.”

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.