Foreign Affairs

“We Want To See Less Of Brussels And Stronger Nation States”, Hungary PM Says On Visit To Warsaw

Hungary and Poland are the guardians of the European Union’s founding treaty, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday in Warsaw at a press conference together with his Polish counterpart Beata Szydło.

Viktor Orbán said the EU’s founding treaty derived from its member states, and the EU’s centre of gravity lay with those member states. This principle is something that Hungary and Poland are protecting, he said. “We show respect to every other country even if this is not reciprocated,” Orbán said, adding that what was taking place in the EU against Poland was “disrespectful”. “Poland should be spoken of in a manner of respect,” the Hungarian Premier insisted.

Criticisms levelled against Poland over the rule of law are unfounded, Orbán said. He compared the European Union’s ongoing legal action against Poland to an inquisition, saying it was politically charged. Orbán voiced Hungary’s solidarity towards all EU member states in similar situations to Poland. “We want to see less of Brussels and stronger nation states,” Orban said, suggesting that this was the reason for the EU’s “politically-charged” procedures.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said: “We don’t want to be an immigrant country and we have every right not to be. We accept the decision of immigrant countries that they want to be immigrant countries. We ask them to accept that we don’t want to be one.”  Orbán said Hungary was searching for different solutions to demographic and labour-market problems and rejected immigration as a solution.  “We reserve the right to respect the decision of the Hungarian nation that we don’t want to become like they are now,” he said.

In Warsaw, the Hungarian Prime Minister also met with PiS party chief, Jarosław Kaczyński, who is often referred as “de facto” leader of Poland. According to German paper DW.com, both Orbán and Kaczyński have promised to veto for each other in case the so-called Article 7 of the EU Treaty would be applied either against Poland or Hungary.  The infamous procedure could even deprive individual EU member states of their membership rights.

via MTI and dw.com; photos: Zsolt Szigetváry (MTI) and Balázs Szecsődi – kormany.hu