Poland and Czech Republic:  How are the two new leaders in Visegrad performing?

Poland and Czech Republic: How are the two new leaders in Visegrad performing?

* Poland and Czech Republic: How are the two new leaders in Visegrad performing?

** V4 Report prediction: Poland’s Mateusz Morawiecki will eventually command more influence in Europe than France’s Emmanuel Macron, who is an overhyped creation of the media.

Obviously, we are pleased with Poland’s Mateusz Morawiecki and believe this has been verified by his strong actions and convictions to date. While we also thought Beata Szydlo was excellent, we have confidence in Morawiecki to build upon and strengthen the foundation.

Andrej Babis is a different story. He started out strong in Brussels a few weeks ago by joining the other leaders of Visegrad in opposition to the EU migrant quotas. However, his statements regarding Poland and Article 7 were quite vague. We have major concerns with members of his ANO/ALDE group and the negative influence they may have on him.

Yesterday, Babis again left us curious with his latest comments (translated article below) regarding the European Commission’s lawsuit. The entire process could take up to 18 months.

Frans Timmermans explained that the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland can still fulfill their obligations to accept migrant quotas to avoid EU punishment. (No thanks, Frans. Their “obligation” is the security of their citizens, not “EU solidarity” on migration.)

This is a concern with Babis, who is also under investigation by the EU. EUCO is desperately trying to isolate Hungary and Poland and will be looking to make a deal with Babis similar to the one struck with Robert Fico in Slovakia.

The response translated from Babis indicates that he may be somewhat naive to the way the leaders of Brussels operate.

The Czech Republic, according to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO), will do everything to prevent the action brought by the European Commission at the Court of Justice on Thursday regarding the relocation quotas.

Babis claims that the same view on the redistribution program for asylum seekers was given by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. “He shares the same opinion that quotas are inefficient,” Babis said, adding that he wants to talk with Juncker about the case.

In other words, Babis somehow believes he can “negotiate” with Juncker over migrant quotas as if this was a business transaction. However, any negotiation involves “give and take”. What is Babis planning to give in exchange for stopping the procedure against the Czech Republic? What is the one thing that Brussels wants? Ask Robert Fico. Submission to their demands to accept “token” migrants and participation in future relocation quotas.

In addition, Babis is incorrect to use Donald Tusk as an example of Visegrad’s position. While Tusk correctly labeled relocation a failure (he later adjusted his statement after pressure from Angela Merkel), he was referring to the viability of future programs, not the initial program involving the court procedure. Tusk fully supports the current lawsuit.

Moreover, it is not up to Donald Tusk to decide the migration policies of sovereign nation states, nor who Hungary admits to their nation. Babis must also understand that this issue is not about whether relocation works efficiently or not. It is purely an issue of “internal security” – which must be determined by the elected representatives of national governments. Security is not an item to be “negotiated” with Brussels.

Eighteen months is a long time and Babis is shaky. Unlike Morawiecki, Babis is not yet sure of himself on the international stage. He can be swayed either way.

On the other hand, the new government in Austria has taken a strong position against the quotas. In our opinion, both Sebastian Kurz and Morawiecki command more respect in Central-Eastern Europe than either Babis or Fico. Many others in the region, including Croatia and some of the Baltic states, seem reluctant to embrace any additional mandatory relocation schemes. The tide is turning.

This will be quite the battle in 2018 over migration that pits Western Europe vs. Central Europe. We suspect that the opinions of Kurz and Morawiecki will have much more influence with the leaders of the CEE states, including Babis, than the EU Parliament or Guy Verhofstadt’s radical crew at ALDE.

Andrej Babis may not be the most principled leader, but he is a pragmatist and even he may see where the future is headed.

We believe Angela Merkel has been severely weakened and we never bought into the media hype of Emmanuel Macron. While Germany will certainly maintain influence, the EU dream of a new “Merkel-Macron Era” to lead Europe is dead.

The future leaders of Europe will not reside in Paris or the Netherlands (Rutte) but in Warsaw, Vienna and Budapest.

Babis will also have to face the reality at home. The Czechs do not care what Guy Verhofstadt and ALDE believe and they remain overwhelmingly opposed to the migrant quotas. They realize that once the door is opened, it may never close and are well-aware of the consequences of Sweden’s decision to embrace EU solidarity on migration. Once flooded, it may already be too late.

Babis once said that he would not accept any migrants: “After what has been happening in Europe, I say clearly that I don’t want even a single refugee in the Czech Republic, not even temporarily.” He later added that sanctions could not be imposed over quotas, which he dismissed as “senseless and absurd”.

“And even if they came, then the Czech Republic should fight the European Commission’s decision and sue it over possible sanctions.”

Babis already has a “trust” issue with many Czechs. He would be very wise to keep his word.

https://www.lidovky.cz/evropska-komise-podala-zaloby-proti-cesku-madarsku-a-polsku-kvuli-odmitani-kvot-gp1-/zpravy-svet.aspx?c=A180104_092555_ln_zahranici_ele

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Radical EU federalists (Verhofstadt at the ALDE Group) and Green Marxists are now attacking Hungary 🇭🇺 and its people over their free decision to elect Viktor Orban.

Slovakia’s 🇸🇰 new PM stands up to defend Hungary and Visegrad. He is new but off to a strong start.

It’s time for Andrej Babis of the Czech Republic 🇨🇿 to repudiate Guy Verhofstadt and the multicult extremists at ALDE by terminating his association with this extremist group, which has very little in common with the beliefs of the Czech people.* Slovakia 🇸🇰: “Respect the results''. New Slovakian PM Peter Pellegrini defends Visegrad and blasts EU extremists, who are calling for sanctions on Hungary 🇭🇺 after Viktor Orbán’s convincing victory.

** The EU Parliament has turned into a kindergarten playground, full of juvenile brats screaming for attention. They neither respect the Hungarian people, nor do they speak for the mainstream of Europe. Does one need any more evidence of the Open Society’s influence over Brussels?

- Peter Pellegrini called out the European Union after it was suggested the bloc impose voting sanctions on Hungary following the victory of eurosceptic Viktor Orbàn.

Mr Pellegrini told Bloomberg: "I think Hungary is our neighbouring country and I have to say we should not comment on what is going on there because we speak a lot in Brussels about the rule of law.”

"We need to respect democracy and everything. In Hungary there were democratic elections and it is the decision of the Hungarian people and we have to respect the results."

- Last week a draft report from the European Parliament suggested the institution could seek to impose sanctions on Hungary due to "systematic threats to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights."

Judith Sargentini, the MEP charged with the report, said: "It is shocking how many warning have been given since 2010. The time for issuing warnings has passed. We need to stand up for the Hungarian people whose rights have been undermined by their government."

Miss Sargentini is a Dutch politician and member of the radical, far-left GreenParty of the EU Parliament. The Hungarian people are not looking for Green Party extremists like her to “stand up for them”. In fact, Hungarians elected Viktor Orban to defend their country from Cultural Marxists such as Sargentini, who not only fail to grasp reality but also suffer from delusions of grandeur.

The liberal media and EU Parliament are embarrassing themselves and pushing Central Europeans into a corner. Whining and crying about elections that do not produce the results one wishes for is one thing, but trying to punish a people and nation for electing the leaders they wish to represent them is small, unbecoming and reprehensible.

This is no longer something to be “brushed-off” as a disagreement. With this threat and the obnoxious tactics designed to intimidate independent nation states for not voting as the EU pleases, Brussels is declaring war on Hungary and Visegrad. Others in Central Europe cannot remain silent; they will be next.

Pellegrini may not be perfect, but, in our opinion, he is off to a strong start. He realizes the long-term consequences of this poison emanating from Brussels. We applaud his actions to defend his fellow Visegrad neighbor.

- At some point, Visegrad and others in CEE must realize that their culture and values are totally at odds with the ultra-left beliefs of Brussels, Berlin and the leaders of the Western EU bloc. While countries are free to disagree, it crosses the line when one party seeks to impose their beliefs on another party which rejects them.

A “Project” relegated to using force, blackmail and threats to desperately hold a union together will collapse. The future is not the EU, it is too big and its members are too divided. EU solidarity is dead and it’s time to move on.

The future will consist of smaller, less intrusive regional alliances that better reflect the beliefs, traditions and values of its people. It is no longer a question of if......but when.

Following the elections in Austria, Hungary and Italy, the EU has revealed its true colors: The Society of Brussels is not interested in solidarity; rather, they seek submission and domination.

The Battle for the Soul of Europe rages on.....right here and right now. Onward Visegrad! It’s time to take off the gloves.
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Radical EU federalists (Verhofstadt at the ALDE Group) and Green Marxists are now attacking Hungary 🇭🇺 and its people over their free decision to elect Viktor Orban. 

Slovakia’s 🇸🇰 new PM stands up to defend Hungary and Visegrad.  He is new but off to a strong start.

It’s time for Andrej Babis of the Czech Republic 🇨🇿 to repudiate Guy Verhofstadt and the multicult extremists at ALDE by terminating his association with this extremist group, which has very little in common with the beliefs of the Czech people.

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