Hungary and Poland confirm rejection of relocation quotas

  • Tomáš Hošek
  • 25.9.2017 11:46

On Friday 22 September, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban agreed with his Polish counterpart Beata Szydło during a meeting in Warsaw that their countries’ tough stance on illegal migration and relocation quotas turned out to be the ‘right’ solution. Orban also defended Poland with regards to the controversial judicial reform, which forced the European Commission to launch an infringement procedure against the Polish government.

The meeting took place in light of the recent statement by Slovak PM Robert Fico to integrate his country into the so-called “EU core” instead of a further convergence with the V4 countries. Moreover, Fico backed the idea of Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka to grant an observer status for the non-eurozone member countries. Unlike Prague, Budapest did not express any desire to obtain such seat within the eurozone. Although top officials from all four countries still consider V4 an important platform for regional cooperation, its role as a cohesive and coordinated antipole to the German-French tandem in the EU does not seem appropriate. This could change with the new Czech government after the October parliamentary elections, which are expected to be won by the populist ANO movement that is likely to join forces with Budapest and Warsaw in their campaign against Brussels.

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