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Could the V4 soon be V5?

The Visigrad Group is a bloc of central European countries which have close ties with one another for the purposes of advancing military, cultural, economic and energy cooperation. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia are all former Soviet satellites but since the fall of the Iron Curtain have transformed their societies into highly successful market economies while maintaining a high degree of social conservatism.

Focus is on the family; while the gay agenda is constantly being paraded as the norm in the UK and other so-called liberal nations, LGBTetc issues are still controversial in the V4 bloc. For example, last summer Fidesz’s deputy speaker István Boldog called for a boycott of Coca-Cola products during what he labelled a “provocative” campaign.

All 4 have maintained a healthy resistance to be forced to take a share of the unchecked millions of economic migrants from Asia and Africa.

Famously the former Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico “Islam has no place in Slovakia,” he said after being elected in May 2016. There are around 5,000 Muslims in this country of 5.5M mostly from the Balkan States.

On Thursday (23rd Jan) announcements following a summit between the V4 and Austria hinted that the V4 could be expanding. Austria is a natural ally of the bloc with Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary sharing borders with its EU neighbour.

Hungarian PM Viktor Orban reported that “(Austria) will also remain an important security partner for us in future because it is in the same shoes as us on the issue of migration,” Austria is important for central Europe, as an investor and trading partner, and they can cooperate in many areas, he said.

Hungarian border protection was in Austria’s interest, because if migrants “break into” Austria through Hungary, they will either end up staying there or will travel on to Germany, he explained.

Orban said the summit’s major achievement was to identify areas of cooperation that include not only migration, security and border protection, but also competitiveness, climate protection and EU enlargement. The areas of “non-cooperation” have also been defined, one of which is nuclear energy, he added.

The meeting covered important foreign policy issues such as EU enlargement and the common budget, he said. The prime minister said the V4 countries were “signalling to the outside world” their aim to seek cooperation with other European countries and to avoid isolation.

Orban said the summit had allowed him the opportunity to congratulate Sebastian Kurz on forming his second government and to learn firsthand about its plans.