Hungary and Poland see anti-immigration stance spreading in EU.

Hungary and Poland see anti-immigration stance spreading in EU.

* Hungary and Poland see anti-immigration stance spreading in EU.

According to ABC news, the prime ministers of Hungary and Poland said Wednesday their countries’ anti-immigration policies are gaining strength within the 28-nation European Union.

“Democracy has been restored in Austria because the Austrians who reject immigration elected a government that also does not want immigration,” Orban said. “This will be the case everywhere in Europe and I believe it is only a matter of time.”

“The EU’s immigration policy is not working. What is more, it is not only not working but it has failed spectacularly,” Orban said. “It is clear that the European people don’t want immigration, while several European leaders are still forcing the failed immigration policy.”

Morawiecki said the immigration issue, which he called a matter of national sovereignty, was “getting even hotter” in the EU “and it seems that it is going in our direction.”

In their news conference, Morawiecki and Orban also emphasized the growing economic status of Central Europe and the Visegrad Group that also includes Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Orban said Germany’s trade with the four countries is now larger than its trade with France.

“Economically, this is at least as important for Europe as German-French cooperation,” he said.

** The V4 Report believes the influence of Visegrad and the Central European states will only grow stronger in Europe. We attribute this to the strength and quality of the leadership in Hungary, Poland and Austria.

Morawiecki and Kurz are new, but they both possess natural leadership abilities and will command respect from others in the region. We believe the results in 2018, especially in regards to migration, will verify our beliefs. Strong leadership attracts others to the cause.

We do not believe Emmanuel Macron bears much weight in Central Europe, especially with the defeat of his two socialists contacts in Austria and the Czech Republic. In addition, the V4 Report has never believed the media-hype surrounding Macron. While polished at lecturing, Macron lacks the ingredients to win the hearts and minds of others outside of his base in Paris and Brussels.

With Angela Merkel seriously weakened in Germany, a new dynamic is emerging from Central Europe to challenge the influence of Western Europe. Like Orban, we believe it’s only a matter of time.