“If one attacks Poland, it attacks all of Central Europe.”
– PM Viktor Orban, Hungary.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says his country would form an “insurmountable roadblock” against EU attempts to trigger Article 7. Orban said, “if one attacks Poland, it attacks all of Central Europe.”
Orban stated that Hungary sees a strong Poland as a vital component of a central European caucus within the European Union and that he would, therefore, block any action to suspend Poland’s voting rights in the EU.
“We need to make it clear to the EU that it is pointless to even start proceedings against Poland as there is no chance of seeing it through – because Hungary will be there and form an insurmountable roadblock,” Orban said.
The prime minister emphasized that it was in the interest of the Hungarian nation to have solidarity with the Poles and to make it clear that no EU punishment could be imposed on them.
“The overwhelming majority of Poles think about immigration the same way as the Hungarians,” he added.
The V4 Report hopes others in Visegrad (i.e., Babis) and Central Europe are listening. Today, it is Poland that is the target of the EU. Tomorrow, it will be another state. This attempt to extend the power and scope of Brussels must be stopped. Has one read the recent words of Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos regarding the migration agenda that Brussels wants to “commit” Europe to follow?
One of the unique traits of a successful leader is to see beyond the short-term to focus on the long-term. We witnessed this with Orban during the intitial stages of the migrant crisis. While some like Sweden and the prior government of Austria allowed others to control them, Orban challenged the policies of Angela Merkel and took the necessary action to protect Hungarians.
Vilified by Brussels and the international media, Orban was proven correct. Two years later, Orban’s early defiance and ongoing persistence helped to change the debate on migration in Europe.
Viktor Orban and Poland have answered the bell for Central Europe. Others in the region have benefited from their actions. We think it’s time for the CEE leaders to realize who their true allies are.
Onward V4! Stay focused and keep up the fight.