Morawiecki and Orban to EU: migration policy has failed

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EU member states should decide on their own who they want to accept, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said during his visit to Budapest adding that the EU’s migration policy has failed. “In terms of migration and quotas that were to be imposed on (EU) member countries we strongly reject such an approach as it infringes on sovereign decisions of member states,” he said.

“We want to have a strong say, as these countries [in Central Europe] have a vision about the future of Europe,” his Hungarian counterpart Victor Orban said.

Morawiecki’s visit to Hungary was his first bilateral visit since taking office last month. This is not a coincidence as Budapest has said before that it will block any action to suspend Poland’s voting rights in the EU after the European Commission launched Article 7 procedures against Warsaw.

“We don’t want to live in an empire again, we continue to see the European Union as the union of free nations,” Orbán said. “We Hungarians want Europe to remain European,” he added, calling for “Christian culture” to be preserved and strengthened.

“I believe that similarly-minded nations like ourselves together can influence Europe’s future in a very positive way,” Morawiecki added.

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