Images of the violence in Syria and Iraq as well as immigrants arriving on EU shores after dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean don't prompt much of a response from the eastern members of the European Union.

The governments in Warsaw, Vilnius, Riga and Prague are displaying a rare show of unity in rejecting quotas for refugees as the EU tries to redistribute the immigrants. It wants to take pressure off Italy and Greece, where tens of thousands of immigrants have arrived by boat from North Africa and the Middle East this year.

Recent government declarations about the number of refugees they are willing to take in lag considerably behind the European Commission's suggestions to relocate 40,000 people.

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