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Poland's President Laments Lack Of Unity In Handling Migration Crisis Ahead Of Visegrad Summit In Hungary

Tamás Székely 2015.10.07.

It was “a bad thing” that the Visegrad Group did not vote as a bloc on the issue of migration, though it is possible to win by taking joint action and by convincing others, Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, said in an exclusive interview to Hungarian news agency MTI ahead of the summit of V4 heads of state in Balatonfüred on Thursday. The summit in Hungary provides the backdrop for the newly elected president, the candidate of the opposition Law and Justice party, to pay his first official visit abroad.

Andrzej Duda said he wants to make V4 cooperation more dynamic. “I am taking clear and decisive steps in this direction,” he said. Referring to the communist period, he pointed out “our common history”. “We all remember the lack of sovereignty then. So sovereignty and freedom are sensitive subjects for us, and we must make ourselves independent of those who would put pressure on us,” the Polish president said. “Self-empowerment but cooperation,” he added. “ S t r o n g Europe has proven to be weak and indecisive,” Duda said, referring to its handling of the current migration crisis.

Noting Poland’s decision to diverge from the V4 stance over migrant quotas and join the majority of European Union member states in voting for the European Commission’s plan, Duda said: “On the one hand it was really bad that the Visegrad countries did not vote as one … on the other, it became obvious that we could have won had we acted together. He said there had been a lot that had been right on the part of the region’s member states before the vote, and it would have been possible to come to an acceptable agreement at the EU summit. This would have “come with many concrete advantages,” he said, criticising the quota plan.

via hungarymatters.hu and MTI photo: orientpress.hu