Beata Szydlo/Viktor Orban/Donald Trump
Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo is proposing deep reforms in Brussels to help the bloc in its post-Brexit carnation and her firebrand Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban told supporters his authoritarian and nationalist policies had received the “blessing” of the new US president.
Ms Szydlo’s announcement follows claims from Poland’s de facto leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski that Warsaw is ready to join Hungary in leading a “cultural counter-revolution” against Brussels to return power to national capitals.
Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo and her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban
Our ambition is to present a comprehensive proposal of changes and reform in the EU which will guarantee that the union survives and further develops
Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo
She said: “Our ambition is to present a comprehensive proposal of changes and reform in the EU which will guarantee that the union survives and further develops, taking into account the interests of all member states, and not only the interests of the stronger countries, which have so far dictated terms to all the others.”
In the past the Visegrad states usually fail to challenge the likes of Germany in leading the direction of the EU but there has been and of assertiveness in the region since the Brexit vote and Mr Trump’s shock win the in the US elections.
Ms Szyldo, who is oftened dismissed as a puppet for ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party leader Mr Kaczynski, said: “Poland wants a strengthening of nation states, national parliaments and perhaps talks are also needed about changing the EU treaties.”
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Mr Orban hailed Mr Trump’s victory as the “end of multi-lateralism” and said Hungary and others around the world will now feel confident about putting their own interests before those of their neighbours and the wider good.
The Eurosceptic nationalist said the new US President’s move to the Oval Office gave the green light for countries to prioritise narrow self-interests.
Mr Orban said: ”We have received permission from, if you like, the highest position in the world so we can now also put ourselves in first place.”
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Mon, January 23, 2017
The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States will mark the commencement of the four-year term of Donald Trump as President and Mike Pence as Vice President. A public ceremony will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017.
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President Donald Trump waves as he walks with first lady Melania Trump and son Barron during the inauguration parade.
The controversial Hungarian leader, who has established himself as an anti-immigration hardliner, praised Mr Trump’s refugee policies and welcome his plans to build a wall along the Mexican border.
He said: “The West is undergoing a change of character.”