Hungary does all it can to increase central European countries’ influence and trusts that their “reality-based politics” will strengthen Europe and contribute to the inevitable renewal of the European Union, House Speaker Laszlo Kover told a conference in Budapest on Thursday.
Kover’s address opened a conference organised by Hungarian research institute Nezopont and entitled “Halfway through the PiS [Polish Law and Justice party] government – as seen in Poland and Hungary”.
Not only had Poland and Hungary strength to oppose the Communist regimes and “shake off the burdens of post-Communism”, but the two countries are also strong enough to defend their “reality-based politics” in today’s Europe, he said.
Both countries’ political system has “withstood the trials of the thirty years that have passed since the fall of Communism”, Kover said. Their governments enjoy wide public support and even their opponents admit the effectiveness of their innovative methods, Kover said.
“The especially deep friendship between Hungary and Poland is rooted in the mutually recognised common fate and a shared pursuit of reality-based politics. We represent our own interests and cherish our friendship in equal measure,”
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Kover said that the historical Polish-Hungarian friendship was the starting point of the Visegrad Group, a central European regional cooperation, which has “proven to be the indispensable centre of reality-based politics”. It is therefore logical that “our countries are in the crossfire of attacks from political players who have detached from reality in Europe.”
Kover called for a strong alliance of neighbouring countries in the region “to replace the centuries-old routine of looking for powerful protectors, often harming our neighbours”. The Polish-Hungarian friendship, with the countries’ elaborate concepts on economic and family policy, migration and security, should serve as an example, he said.
On Friday, Kover hosted the summit of Western Balkan parliament presidents in Budapest. He stressed that the re-unification of Europe can’t stop, and enlargement should be a central topic in the debates about the EU’s future. In his address, Kover stressed Hungary’s commitment to the Euro-Atlantic integration of the western Balkan region. Hungary has maintained balanced bilateral relations with each of the western Balkan countries, he said, adding that the region’s stability and further development is in Hungary’s fundamental interest.
The EU, the European Commission and member states must take action in the interest of the western Balkans, he said. Should the EU fail to act, “someone else will fill that geopolitical void”, Kover added. He said that the region’s integration with the EU was also important for the Visegrad Four group Hungary forms with the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia and this issue features high in Hungary’s current V4 presidency agenda.
Source and photo: MTI