Foreign Affairs

Hungarian Foreign Minister: EU Should Not Strive For Deeper Integration

There are many attempts to divide the Visegrad Group countries “but they are going to remain unsuccessful,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told Reuters news agency in an interview.

Hungary’s top diplomat told Reuters that the V4 were firm in their position to reject migrant quotas after an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Tallinn last week. “Everybody reassured the others that we are going to fight and we are not going to give up our positions regarding illegal migration and regarding the quotas,” he said. The minister dismissed the idea that Hungary or Poland were becoming isolated within the European Union or that Slovakia and the Czech Republic were drifting away from them within the V4.

Péter Szijjártó insisted that Hungary would not relinquish any of its national sovereignty to the EU. “I definitely do not share the approach … that (the) less sovereignty on the level of the member states, the stronger the EU will be. I think it is a dead end street,” he said referring to the debate over whether the EU should strive for deeper integration after Britain exits the bloc in 2019. He added, at the same time, that Hungary supported the idea of a joint European army, arguing that it would strengthen member states to the benefit of the entire bloc.

The Hungarian Foreign Minister has also been interviewed by Financial Times. In the British economic daily’s interview published on Wednesday Péter Szijjártó said that the EU programme to share refugees among member states was a “failure” and a “dead-end street”. Budapest will not change its standpoint, he said, despite last week’s ruling by the European Court of Justice. “We have been saying exactly the same thing for the last two years; the obligatory quota system is dangerous, it’s a pull factor, it’s unenforceable and it’s against common sense,” Szijjártó said.

via MTI, Reuters, ft.com