The president of the Polish governing party, an ally of Orbán, says the Hungarian economy is on the verge of collapse. They do not want to go the way of Viktor Orbán on EU funds, he said.
Bloomberg reports that Polish President Andrzej Duda and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, spoke out over the weekend about Poland’s stance on the EU funding dispute. The Polish President gave an interview to wpolityce.pl, which will be published today.
According to the introduction to the article, Andrzej Duda said that he thought they had made enough gestures towards the Commission and had fulfilled the conditions they had agreed. The president told Seci magazine that he ruled out Poland conceding any more ground to the European Commission.
Hungary is a cautionary tale for Poland…
Meanwhile, Jaroslaw Kaczynski also spoke out on Saturday, saying he was confident Poland would get the funds after his party wins the upcoming elections. However, he added that it would be unfortunate if they were in the same situation as Hungary with regard to EU funds, Index.hu reports.
“Today, Orbán has had to make a series of concessions to the European Union, with far-reaching consequences, because their economy is simply on the verge of collapse. We cannot make such mistakes,” said Jaroslaw Kaczynski, according to Bloomberg.
Or vice versa?
Interestingly, Tibor Navracsics, the Hungarian minister responsible for the use of EU funds, cited Poland as a cautionary tale on the same issue, for different reasons. In an interview, the minister said that the commitments and their implementation could put Hungary in a better position than Poland, where many issues are being debated. The politician stressed that both the government and the Commission must keep their cool.
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Source: Index.hu, Bloomberg
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