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According to the minister of State for EU Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office, the Commission's goal is to put political pressure on Warsaw, and Hungary rejects this in the strongest possible terms
“We are the economic engine of the European Union,” Prime Minister Orbán said, standing next to his Polish counterpart, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, at their joint press conference in Budapest on Wednesday. Central Europe, he emphasized, is the fastest growing region within the EU.
Georges Károlyi, Hungary’s ambassador to France, in an open letter to the editor of French daily Le Monde, pushes back: "By engaging systematically in this culture of discord, stigmatisation, exclusion, punishment and Pharisaic morality, you are discrediting Europe in the eyes of the world"
“During the summer it was proven that the threat of terrorism in Europe has increased as a result of mass immigration, and accordingly strict border controls continue to be necessary in the interests of the security of the Hungarian people," Hungary's government spokesperson said
Minister Szijjártó said that a number of central European countries have expressed interest in joining the alliance or partnering with it. However, the V4 have decided that they would not expand the alliance
“Everything always reminds Schulz of the Hungarian prime minister, but he had better get to work on his own party after its three ignominious election defeats over the past few months,” Minister Szijjártó said
PM Orbán spoke highly of the cooperation between the V4 member states and said that without their joint efforts “hundreds of thousands [of migrants] would still be pouring into Europe, further destroying the safe lives of its peoples”
The prime minister said he expected that in a matter of years, the V4 would be referred to as “Europe’s strongest engine of growth”. PM Orbán praised the V4 cooperation saying that he believes the four countries are capable of renewing European democracy and the European Union as a whole
International relations has its political dimension. Certain interests will support a government or oppose it motivated by a political agenda. That’s understandable. But when purely partisan politics becomes the most important driving force behind bilateral or multilateral relations among sovereign, independent countries, then we’ve got a serious problem.
In an interview with the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita, Hungary’s Minister of Justice László Trócsányi said that the European Union should not intervene in the internal affairs of member states but should exercise only those powers that are within its competence.