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Coronavirus – Jobbik: Closure of Borders ‘Badly Prepared’ Decision

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.09.04.

A “badly prepared” government decision to close Hungary’s borders to foreigners due to the coronavirus epidemic will create a difficult situation for people commuting to work on the other side of the border, a deputy speaker of parliament said on social media on Friday.

Koloman Brenner, of opposition Jobbik, said that the move was “irresponsible” and accused the foreign ministry of having failed to negotiate with other countries before the border was closed down. He welcomed that the government had eased the restriction since its introduction, but said that some 100,000 people commuting from Hungary to Austria were still facing difficulties.

Hungary Border Closure Strikes EU as Unexpected Restriction
Hungary Border Closure Strikes EU as Unexpected Restriction

The Hungarian government announced on Friday that it has decided to close borders to foreigners starting on September 1st, re-introducing the border protection measures in force during the first wave of the coronavirus epidemic. However, at a press conference of the European Commission, Adalbert Jahnz, spokesperson of the EC, said that although there was a […]Continue reading

Brenner said it was important that the economy should not be halted at the time of epidemic, and urged “well-considered” and realistic measures.

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