Bulgaria pledges to support Hungary in battle with European Union over Article 7.
Are we witnessing the beginning of a future alliance of Central-Eastern European (CEE) nation states and the Visegrád Four (V4) to combat the influence of Berlin, Paris and the West EU bloc?
– One must realize that the European Parliament is often just a radical forum for political drama. While the EP voted to sanction Hungary, the most vital vote is that of EU governments.
The EU will need 80% (or 22) of the nation states to vote YES in order to proceed. While Poland or any other state can exercise its veto, the V4 Report would prefer to send a stronger message to Brussels, one that denies the EU the 22 votes needed to proceed.
This would represent another major blow to the credibility of both the EU and EP, and would discourage future attacks on the sovereignty and integrity of the European nation state.
We believe defeating the Article 7 proceedings and the EU’s effort to implement a migrant relocation scheme are two key battles that must be won in order to stop the EU from expanding its power and scope. A surrender on any of these issues would set a dangerous precedent for the future of Europe.
– As reported by Reuter’s, Krasimir Karakachanov, a member of the United Patriots (a junior partner in Bulgaria’s ruling coalition), said the cabinet had unanimously agreed to forge a common position that would oppose any sanctions against Hungary, adding that the countries of Central-Eastern Europe had to stand together in their dealings with Brussels.
“We think that this is a violation of the sovereignty of an equal member state of the European Union,” Karakachanov told reporters after a cabinet meeting.
“Today it is Hungary, tomorrow it could be Poland, and one day it could be Bulgaria in the dock. CEE countries should act in solidarity and help each other because they have common problems,” he said.
However, the center-right prime minister, Boyko Borissov, who does not like to upset Brussels, said it had been taken at an “operative meeting” and had no legal value.
Maybe, but Borissov also said his government had agreed that if there were a decision one day to strip Hungary of its EU voting rights, Sofia would be against it.
In addition, Borissov’s GERB party voted against the censure motion in the European Parliament. He also needs the support of the United Patriots, who are strong allies of Viktor Orban, to stay in power.
While we believe Borissov is somewhat intimidated by Berlin, we are optimistic that his ruling coalition partner, the United Patriots, will be able to keep Borissov, who also has a strong working relationship with Orban, in check.
Moreover, we are starting to see a trend beginning to emerge in the CEE region. More leaders are starting to realize that a strong alliance of CEE states will be needed to counterbalance the influence of France, Germany and the West EU bloc.
As the V4 Report observed months ago, the CEE states must support two of the region’s strongest countries, Hungary and Poland, in order to discourage the EU from targeting them next.
Surely, Bulgaria and others are witnessing the mayhem and cultural wars taking place on the streets of Western Europe. Is this what they aspire for their countries?
While it will not happen overnight, the V4 Report believes smaller, less-intrusive regional alliances that better reflect the values and beliefs of its people may be the future of Europe.
In the meantime, we believe Brussels will find it very difficult to find the 22 YES votes required to proceed.