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Visegrad group: EU must reform or risk breaking up

V4 position has been strengthened by the Austrian election.

by Westmonster
October 16, 2017

The Visegrad Group (V4), made up of Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia, has hit out at the European Union saying it must reform to reflect the wishes of all Member States, or risk breaking up completely.

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Speaking at a joint press conference in Bratislava, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło said that: “The diversity of the EU’s individual member states is an asset that strengthens and not weakens Europe”.

She warned that reform of the EU “cannot be based on gearing our common European Union to the expectations of only one group of states,” clearly taking aim at France and Germany, which wants to dominate the EU with further integration. “A reformed EU must meet the expectations of all to the same extent,” Szydło said, adding that failure to do so could “lead to a breakup” of the bloc.

The V4 reaffirmed that they had a “clear and unified” position in their vision for the future of the EU, which was strengthened over the weekend with the election of Sebastian Kurz in Austria, who has previously pushed for closer ties with the Visegrad group.

While Merkel struggles to form a government and Macron’s popularity plummets, the V4 could soon be the most influential group in the EU….