Coronavirus: Schengen on the brink as Hungary shuts borders (also the Czech Republic, Austria).

Coronavirus:  Schengen on the brink as Hungary shuts borders (also the Czech Republic, Austria).

Coronavirus: Schengen on the brink as Hungary shuts borders (also the Czech Republic, Austria).

Some Eurocrats, especially inside the EPP Party (Manfred Weber), announced that they oppose any unilateral measures from Member States on coronavirus. EPP is increasingly turning into the party of EU federalism, challenging Guy Verhofstadt and the ALDE Group.

However, Hungary will not foolishly wait or rely on the EU to protect its citizens. Viktor Orban has again taken the necessary steps to defend his country and people.

– Hungary has thrown the Schengen agreement, the EU deal which guarantees free movement between 22 of its member states, into chaos after banning visitors from Italy, along with those from South Korea, Iran and China, in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking at a news briefing, hours before the World Health Organization declared the outbreak to be a global pandemic, Gergely Gulyas, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff, said the ban on the countries – the worst hit globally – would come into effect immediately, as well as travel restrictions on people coming from neighbouring Austria. The ban on Italian tourists follows a similar move imposed by Vienna yesterday.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1254004/coronavirus-europe-latest-news-hungary-borders-shut-italy-austria-schengen-eu