Poland and Hungary are leading the Eastern European bloc in their criticism against the richer Western European states (Benelux, France, Germany, and Scandinavia) when Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban received Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Budapest yesterday.
The two prime ministers held a joint press conference after their meeting in which they claimed Brussels, where the EU commission is housed, had lost its way certainly when it comes to immigration policy.
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During last week’s EU summit, the western European nations urged the Eastern European nations to take their fair share of immigrant asylum seekers which are arriving via Italy, to which they received a resounding ‘no’ from eastern Europe.
Mr Orban stated that: “The EU’s migration policy… has failed.”
“We want to have a strong say, as these countries in Central Europe have a vision about the future of Europe,” added the Hungarian leader, widely expected to win a further four years in power in an election due in April.
Referring to Austria, where young Mr Kurz won a resounding victory on an anti-immigration platform, Mr Orban continued: “People that don’t want immigration elected a government that doesn’t want immigration either,”
“This will happen (elsewhere) in Europe, it is only a matter of time… You can call it populism but what people want should happen.”
Poland’s prime minister chimed in happily, with Mr Morawicki quoted as saying: “Member states must decide who they want to let in.”
Most migrants are of course eager to arrive in richer nations themselves, but EU citizens were surprised to see the official numbers revealed in the press for 2017, showing some eastern European member states simply refusing to accept any new asylum seekers.