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Jun 26, 2017

Visegrad Four group is becoming a "global brand", says Hungary's foreign minister

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia is the tightest and most effective alliance in Europe

Hungary's foreign minister has said that the Visegrad Four (V4) group has become a "global brand" and highly recognized around the world.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told Kossuth Radio that the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia is the tightest and most effective alliance in Europe.

Minister Szijjártó said the reason the alliance had managed to remain relevant over the past years was that it has employed “common sense” in Europe’s political debates, proved that it could become an engine of growth through rational economic policies and could stop the inflow of migrants into Europe.

According to MTI, the minister said Brussels had “singled out” the V4 countries over their refusal to take in migrants, adding that the EU had chosen to “threaten” the V4 with launching infringement procedures against them instead of thinking of ways to restore the bloc’s security.

Minister Szijjártó said that during recent talks, he and his Austrian counterpart were in agreement that the decisions on who can be granted entry into the EU should be made outside the bloc’s borders.

The minister added that if this policy had been in place, Europe could have saved the refugees who have drowned and could have protected Europeans who became victims of terrorist attacks.