* Austria and Hungary. With the election of Sebastian Kurz and the strong possibility of an OVP-FPO coalition in Austria, experts predict a stronger cooperation between Vienna, Budapest and the Visegrad countries.
The Hungarian Journal writes that many commentators expect a positive shift in Austro-Hungarian relations, compared to the serious diplomatic spats with previous left-wing chancellors Werner Faymann and Christian Kern.
The V4 Report agrees and believes the future will entail smaller, less-intrusive regional alliances as opposed to the misguided fantasy of a Federal Republic of Europe. We believe Visegrad, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, and the other Central-Eastern European (CEE) states which comprise the Three Seas Initiative would be best served by working together to form their own regional Core foundation to counterbalance the influence of Germany and France.
Although the coalition we describe is somewhat different (see map below), we found ourselves in basic agreement with Austrian jurist and baron, Norbert Freiherr van Handel, a member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. He called for full-fledged cooperation between Vienna and the nation states of what was once known as the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In our opinion, this would be an excellent base to build on.
Van Handel said it is impossible to repeat history, “but you can look at an economic space where people get along with each other — both culturally, and in terms of traditions, religions and their common history. And here, I think, we need closer political and economic cooperation.”
He noted that Austria’s neighbors Croatia, Slovenia and Northern Italy – as well as Visegrad Group member states Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary – are especially close to Vienna. These countries, which have been tied to each other for centuries, could form a community under the common keyword “Central Europe” and act within the EU as one bloc, according to Van Handel.
We believe this type of regional coalition would be the best foundation for Central Europe in matters pertaining to economic cooperation and cultural compatibility. We already see this partnership in action via the Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC), a group of seven Central European nation states that combat illegal migration by securing the borders. Last week, the Hungarian and Austrian police worked together to detain a group of illegals trying to enter Austria. Among them was a migrant wanted for 70 contract killings in Pakistan.
Regarding migration and multiculturalism, the differences between the EU West and Central Europe are just too far apart. Contrary to the “solidarity myth” peddled by Germany and Brussels, there was never any “European solidarity” for open-borders, mass migration or rabid multiculturalism.
The people and leaders of Visegrad and Central Europe will fight to defend their culture and way of life. They simply will not tolerate the No-Go-Zones of France, Belgium or Sweden.
With the socialists and extremists of the EU Parliament trying to impose “their multicult values” on Europe, we believe Visegrad and Central Europe must build and strengthen their own regional foundation. We believe it is inevitable and only a matter of time.
Onward V4! Build it and strengthen it.