UPDATE 9.19.22: Relations between the members of the Visegrad four have been strained since the beginning of the war between Russia and Ukraine, with Hungary remaining neutral or even slightly pro-Russia in the conflict, while Poland, Czechia, and Slovakia have chosen to strongly support Ukraine. Many analysts have wondered about the ability of the V4 nations to heal the rift between them. Poland’s Prime Minister opened the door recently to reconciliation. Robert Simonsen reports in The European Conservative:
Following six months of strained relations that came in the wake of the onset of the Russo-Ukraine War, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has voiced his desire to strengthen ties with Hungary and resume multilateral cooperation with the Central European countries of the Visegrád bloc.
The Polish prime minister’s statements, published earlier days ago in the weekly political news magazine Sieci, came in response to a question where he was asked if Poland’s friendship with Hungary had ended due to divergent responses to the Russo-Ukraine War, and whether there was any chance of unfreezing Visegrád Group activities, the Warsaw-based news outlet Do Rzeczy reports.
Speaking on Visegrád Group’s recent ideological split—with Poland, Czechia, and Slovakia on one side, fervently backing US, UK, and Brussels-led sanctions against Russia and arms shipments to Ukraine, and Hungary on the other, refusing to take part in either out of concern for its national interests—the Polish prime minister had this to say:
The attitude toward the war has indeed divided us strongly. But I think that in the course of time all the other issues in which we have shown solidarity, understanding, and support will bring us firmly back together. I would very much like that.
Morawiecki then underscored that the Visegrád Group—a cultural, economic, and political alliance that has allowed Central Europe to more forcefully assert its unique perspective and interests in the face of left-liberal dominance within the EU—has “enormously strengthened” its individual countries.
“That is why our group persists despite different governments, sometimes very different, in different countries,” he noted.
UPDATE 7.14.22: Slovakia has become the new rotating president of the Visegrad Four (V4) group, and given the differing stances on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine held by Hungary and the other members of the V4, the focus will be limited to internal cooperation. Lucia Yar reports for Euractiv that Slovakia will eschew foreign policy during its presidency of the group, to instead focus “on deepening regional cooperation in the development of transport, nuclear energy, low-carbon technologies, green and digital transformation, sustainability, youth mobility, and interpersonal relations.”
UPDATE 5.19.22: In Hungary today, the American Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is being held in Europe for the first time. Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the leader of Hungary, one of the Visegrad Four nations, welcomed the American conservatives calling his country “the bastion of conservative Christian values in Europe.”
Orban discussed immigration and its effects in his speech saying “I see the great European population exchange as a suicidal attempt to replace the lack of European, Christian children with adults from other civilizations – migrants.”
Originally posted on September 17, 2019.
On the Defend Europa blog, an American ex-pat writing under the name Kasper, explains the Visegrad nations’ decision to “take action against the sustained North African and Middle Eastern migrant invasion of Europe.” As a result, notes Kasper, “Islamic terrorism is basically non-existent in these countries.” He writes (abridged):
Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia (The Visegrád Countries or V4) have long been part of a single civilisation sharing cultural and intellectual values and common roots in religious traditions, which they have continuously strived to strengthen and preserve. These countries are some of the only nations on the continent who’ve remained steadfast in their desire to hold on to their native Christian, European identities.
The current leader of the Visegrád group and current Prime minister of Hungary, Victor Orbán, has been a key figure opposing EU tyranny.
He dared to vocalise the thoughts of all thinking European’s when courageously said, “The question of the coming decade; will Europe belong to Europeans.”
Visegrád countries are bound together by the shared belief that Europe should first and foremost be for Europeans.
The Visegrád group nations encompass 65 million Europeans. Increasingly, the V4 is becoming the economic success stories of the European community. The economies of Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, and Hungary are all growing rapidly, and indeed are growing faster than any region in the world with the exception of the economies in the Asia Pacific.
Their growth is predominantly export-led and they are now becoming the go-to location for foreign direct investment in Europe.
Unlike its western European counterparts, security is one of the main priorities of the V4 governments. Islamic terrorism is basically non-existent in these countries. They’re the only European countries that have decided to take action against the sustained North African and Middle Eastern migrant invasion of Europe.
The Visegrád countries are providing an all-important alternative vision for Europe’s future that runs counter to that which has been thrusted upon the European people by unelected, pro-EU, globalist bureaucrats who sit in their ivory towers in Brussels.
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