Hungary and Poland announced on Monday that they will start a think tank to oppose the liberal ideas they say dominate in Brussels.
Both countries have long been in conflict with the EU over issues related to democracy and immigration.
The new think tank will investigate whether Hungary and Poland are exposed to double standards, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said at a press conference on Monday with his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau.
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The two countries have threatened to block the EU’s new action plan against the coronavirus if demands for a functioning rule of law are linked to the plan, as demanded by the EU Parliament.
Szijjarto says that the new think tank will counteract “the liberal ideological repression of views”, and that Hungary’s and Poland’s “patriotic policies that place national interests at the forefront and rest on a Christian basis” are inedible to the international liberal main idea.
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Szijjarto also made it clear that the two reject the EU’s new migration and asylum reform, which was presented last week by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.