The €1 trillion bloc of 4 EU member states, standing up for sovereignty against the EU
‘Third World War’ looms in EU says Polish PM, as the battle lines harden
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Hungary stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Poland against the “blackmailing EU” says Budapest
Several countries have had conflicts with Brussels in the last 10 years, most notably Greece and Italy. Both ‘lost’, partly because they were isolated. This is not the case with Poland, whose Prime Minister has just lambasted the EU in an interview with – of all publications – the europhile Financial Times.
“What is going to happen if the European Commission will start the Third World War? If they start the Third World War, we are going to defend our rights with any weapons which are at our disposal.”
“But if someone will attack us in a completely unfair way, we will defend ourselves in any possible manner.”
“We feel that this is already discriminatory and a diktat type of approach. But if this is going to be even worse, we will have to think through our strategy.”
- Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland, speaking to the FT, 25 Oct 2021
Poland is not alone, it has allies
The reason that the EU Commission needs to be more careful with Poland is because it is part of the EU’s ‘Visegrad’ or ‘V4’ group of member countries, with the other members being Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary
The Visegrad Group of four EU countries
Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia
- Together they accounted for over €1 trillion of the total EU GDP in the last 12 months
- They are fast growing economies, growing much faster than Germany, France, and Italy
- Their combined population is 63.8 million – 14.3% of the EU’s total number of ‘citizens’
The four Visegrad countries are shown in dark blue
“We will not allow Brussels to expand beyond its own sphere of competence,” says Hungarian Justice Minister
Aside from Poland, the most vocal Visegrad country in recent weeks has been Hungary, led by Viktor Orban. Hungary is also facing legal action by Brussels and this row shows no signs of being resolved any time soon.
On Monday the Hungarian government’s Justice Minister, Judit Varga, joined various colleagues in condemning Brussels.
“❌ Brussels must not hold a gun to the heads of the Member States!”
“The Union paints a very sad picture of itself, whose institutions are constantly threatening not only each other but also the Member States, while ignoring their own principles and treaties.
“The position of Hungary and Poland remains clear: the rule of law cannot be defended by violating the rule of law.
“We stand by Poland, we will not allow Brussels to expand beyond its own sphere of competence!”
- Statement by Judit Varga, Hungarian Justice Minister, 25 Oct 2021 (translated by Facts4EU.Org)
EU Commission digs in for a fight, rebuking Polish PM
Meanwhile in Brussels yesterday, the reaction was severe and uncompromising. Facing battles on many fronts right now, the EU Commission shows no signs of backing down. Nor indeed can it afford to, if it wants to continue its remorseless advance to becoming a ‘superstate’.
Yesterday the EU Commission’s spokesman Eric Mamer effectively rebuked the Polish Prime Minister, telling a press briefing that there was "no place for rhetoric referring to war" among the bloc's members.
The ideology driving the technocrats in Brussels has always been clear: it believes in subsuming all EU member countries into one empire. One key element in this has been the subordination of the national laws and constitutions of these member countries into one ‘ever closer union’, run under EU laws dictated by Brussels.
This contrasts completely with the views of the Visegrad Four. As Hungary’s Justice Minister said in a statement a week ago: “We think differently about the world and Europe.” She said Brussels opposed Hungary and Poland’s pro-family policies, their rejection of immigration, and their push for “a strong Europe of strong nations instead of an empire.”
In effect the Central European countries such as Poland and Hungary are exposing what had gradually become obvious to British voters who backed Leave in the UK’s EU Referendum.
The key message is simple. The UK voted to take back control. The EU wants to expand its control over member countries until it’s absolute.
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