The Czech Republic and Slovakia have moved closer to the mainstream of the European Union, but Hungary and Poland are moving in opposite directions. The news portal Politico wrote this on Friday.
Pictured from left are Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, French President Emmanuel Macron, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš after the V4 Prime Ministers’ Summit in Budapest on 13 December 2021.
The four countries have been members of the Visegrad Group since 1991, Politico said. However, according to this magazine, this grouping known as V4 changes to V2 + 2.
According to Politica, the reason is the growing disagreement between Poland and Hungary on the one hand and the Czech Republic and Slovakia on the other. According to the portal, Poland and Hungary are abandoning measures that are part of liberal democracy. The government in Slovakia and the Czech Republic has recently changed, bringing both countries closer to the “mainstream of the EU”, states Politico.
The portal recalls issues in the field of transport and nuclear energy, the attitudes of individual countries towards Russia and China, EU funds and the rule of law, or the dispute between the Czech Republic and Poland in connection with the Turów mine.
Eugenius Smolar from the Warsaw Center for International Relations (CSM) told Politico that differences in culture and politics are growing between the V4 countries. “There are common themes, but any love is long gone,” he said.
Politico also recalls the statement of the Czech Minister for European Affairs Mikuláš Bek, who said in an interview with the Czech daily Hospodárske noviny that Poland and Hungary are in serious dispute with the rest of the EU and that the Czech Republic and Slovakia are not playing by the same notes.
Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.
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