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With its sweeping victory on Sunday, the Fidesz-KDNP alliance led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán secured 13 seats in the European Parliament. But that’s not all. The large victory margin amid record-high turnout reflected an important trend throughout the Visegrad Group.
The role of NATO will be enhanced due to Europe’s fragile security, said Prime Minister Orbán on Sunday, as he thanked the Visegrád countries for their help defending the southern borders of Hungary from illegal migration. The PM was speaking at a celebration in Wesoła, Poland, marking the twentieth anniversary of the accession to NATO of Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, and the fifteenth anniversary of Slovakia’s joining the alliance.
Europe is “weak and shaky” because of the prevailing EU ideology, which “systematically undermines” the traditional, historically proven pillars of Europe and deliberately strives to deconstruct the nation state, the family and even the man, said Václav Klaus
During his long-awaited appearance, Bannon wasted no time in kicking off his speech by praising Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. He also spoke about the media sphere in Europe and how there is not really a political opposition anymore but a ”media opposition”
The foreign ministers of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the deputy foreign ministers of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and the ambassador of Turkmenistan attended a foreign ministerial meeting of central Asian countries and the Visegrad group
János Lázár, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, said the government's plan was already in full swing, evident by last week’s Visegrád Group summit in Budapest and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s official visit to Vienna earlier this week
The survey was conducted by the Nézőpont Institute in eleven countries, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia, and showed that 74 percent of respondents consider European migration policies bad for Europe
Zsolt Németh addressed a conference on the links between the Visegrád countries and Israel, and called the Holy Land “an outpost of democracy in the Middle East” in an environment which “lacks European values which are fundamental for building democracy”
“The economic growth of the four Visegrád Group (V4) countries is outstanding," the prime minister said. “If we do not count the performance capabilities of our four countries, there is practically no economic growth within the European Union. Central Europe is Europe’s safest and most rapidly developing region"
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
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
Ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia discussed the issue of international food companies supplying products of lower quality to central and eastern European countries than they deliver to western Europe