The Visegrád Group (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) has its 25th birthday today. The prime ministers are just having a summit about border protection and the severe migrant crisis Europe is suffering from. The Macedonian and Bulgarian prime ministers have been invited, too, to the meeting. The V4 is going to help Macedonia close its Greek border to illegal migration. Together with the Bulgarian border fence, which was built years ago(!), this may close the Balkan route at last.
As it’s well-known, the Visegrád countries strongly oppose Germany’s migration policies. Hungary built a razor wire border fence on her Southern borders with Serbia and Croatia last summer in order to block the migrants’ path. The V4 countries also sent police units to patrol the Hungarian border fence. Today Orbán announced in the Parliament that the border fence will be fortified and preparations are being made to build more sections (obviously on the Rumanian border). He also indicated Hungary will strongly commit herself to defending Europe in the Balkans, too.
Now a second line of defense for Europe will be built on the Macedonia-Bulgaria line. The V4 countries have already sent constructing materials and police units to Macedonia.
Germany’s government seems to be very unhappy about today’s V4 meeting:
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said Germany had complained to the Slovak Foreign Ministry over the migration summit of the V4 countries, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, with Macedonia and Bulgaria
The German foreign ministry also said that “Greece should have been invited to the V4 meeting in Prague”. Isn’t that funny? 🙂
The German media, which is now known to be government-supervised to a significant degree, has been quite angry recently about PM Orbán. One of the largest German daily wrote these sentences on Saturday:
Europe is in danger: Orbán may destroy the EU… He has organized the Eastern European resistance to Germany’s refugee policies. Orbán’s Hungary is the greatest shame and danger to Europe. Orbán is the worst and strongest opponent to Chancellor Merkel’s refugee policy.
The conservative German weekly Die Welt has just published this article titled “Eastern EU is becoming a power factor in Europe – against Germany “. Well, that certainly seems to be so.
There will be an EU summit on the migration crisis on Wednesday. The French prime minister also said a few days ago that
Merkel’s migrant policy ‘unsustainable’