Austria deeply divided over Hungary as the conservative FPO Party, a member of the governing coalition, defies Sebastian Kurz to stand with Viktor Orban.
“I would like to invite Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party to future cooperation in a common EU group,” said Heinz-Christian Strache, Austrian vice-chancellor.
Strache characterized the EU sanctions on Hungary 🇭🇺 as “absurd”. The EU has already launched proceedings against Poland 🇵🇱.
* Earlier, Kurz – heavily influenced by the EPP group and ÖVP MEP Othmar Karas (an EU loyalist intoxicated with delusions of grandeur) – said ÖVP MEPs would vote to support starting Article 7 proceedings against Hungary based on a partisan report over the “rule of law” authored by a Green Party radical named Judith Sargentini of the Netherlands.
Kurz added that he would also back the suspension of Fidesz’s EPP membership.
** No doubt, the V4 Report has been a strong supporter of Kurz, especially in regards to migration and Turkey. However, in a post on this page last Sunday, we were somewhat perplexed with Kurz over a few statements he made during an interview with Der Spiegel, especially when he failed to defend the FPO and Matteo Salvini from some of the absurd questions (opinions) from Der Spiegel.
Today represented a huge shift in the attitude of Kurz. As one of our readers said, “The masks 🎭 are falling.”
By backing Brussels on this issue, Kurz is signaling his intention to expand the scope and power of the EU over the nation states, precisely the opposite of what he campaigned on. Has the “rebel” turned into another obedient EPP student, just like Andrej Plenkovic of Croatia?
While Kurz watched as Austria was flooded with Merkel’s migrants in 2015, Viktor Orban laid the groundwork for the rebellion to challenge Angela Merkel’s migration manifesto.
Kurz may want to remember what got him elected in Austria and who supported him in Europe. It was not the Green Party, Merkel’s CDU in Germany or the EU media, now glowing over him after calling him a Nazi just weeks ago.
If Kurz wants to weaken both Hungary and Poland while distancing himself from the FPO and Salvini, he will soon find himself isolated and targeted by Brussels.
Unless he compromises his positions, Kurz is delusional to believe he can partner with Angela Merkel to find an “EU solution” to the migrant crisis. Without a strong Visegrad or leaders such as Orban or Salvini, Kurz will be “beaten-down” by Berlin and Brussels.
If he continues down this path, eventually the rising young star will soon find himself sharing the same fate as the old OVP establishment in Austria…which was reduced to the role of a mere “rubber stamp” for Berlin.
This was a huge mistake by Kurz and it will not end well. Expect some bitter turmoil between the OVP and FPO in Austria as well. Stay tuned.