Hungary takes EU to task, defends Poland

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The leader of the ruling Polish Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski (L), welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban (R) before their meeting in Warsaw, Poland, 22 September 2017.

Hungary takes EU to task, defends Poland


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Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo met in Warsaw last week. During a joint press conference, they said they remain fully opposed to the European Union’s migrant policies.

“We accept that some countries have become immigrant countries,” said Orban. “But we don’t want to be [like] them and we want them to accept this. But they want us to become like them. We don’t want a mixed population, as has been created in the countries to the west of us. We are looking for different solutions and please respect it.”

As reported by The Financial Times, the outspoken Hungarian premier also took the EU to task for its criticism of Poland over the ruling Law and Justice party’s contentious attempts to overhaul the judicial system, which critics fret will undermine Polish democracy.

“The EU cannot threaten Poland and question its rule of law. This is a lack of respect. It looks like an inquisition. There is no place for a political inquisition in the EU. Hungary won’t support it,” he said.

In turn, Szydlo said she and Orban had agreed to maintain a united front on “security and handling the migrant crisis”, and insisted that the “road taken by our governments in terms of illegal migration turned out to be right”.

“We took note of the European Court’s verdicts, but the main guideline for our actions has to be the security of our citizens,” she said.

In a separate report, Radio Poland online quoted Orban as saying how important his country and Hungary are to the European Union.

“If we look at Poland’s economic, cultural, scientific achievements, we can say Poland is the machine driving the union,” Orban said, adding that Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia were “chasing” Poland.

What is more, Orban called Brussels’ treatment of Warsaw “a political inquisition” and said the European Union was not treating Poland with the respect it deserved.

He added that Hungary would defend any country that was being disrespected by the European Union.

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