EU is at war with itself – if poor states have to pay, they will run a mile, says JONATHAN SAXTY | Express commentary | Comment
To the west, a Europe that is reminiscent of the type of society Democrats sought to introduce to the United States (and at least partially succeeded there), and to the east, a Europe that This is reminiscent of the type of society that many Republicans wish America could be or could have been. Mr. Carlson insisted on visiting Hungary’s border fence with Serbia, praising it for being “neat and tidy”, unlike the “chaos” on the US-Mexico border.
The presenter congratulated Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for not allowing “this nation of 10 million people to be changed forever by people we did not invite and who come here illegally”.
Mr Carlson also praised Mr Orbán for “standing up for democracy against irresponsible billionaires, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and some Western governments”.
Hungarian Chief Security Advisor György Bakondi said authorities have prevented more than 54,000 people from crossing the border illegally since the start of the year.
The Hungarian leader has publicly stated that he believes the future of Europe lies in its central and eastern region, while his Slovenian counterpart Janez Janša recently said Mr Orbán should be allowed to express his ideas on the EU.
This all adds up to what French President Emmanuel Macron has called a fundamental “East-West divide”.
Hungary’s Finance Minister Mihály Varga even warned that his country could reassess its EU membership by 2030, once it is expected to become a net contributor to the EU budget.
In fact, at the forefront of the East-West division are Hungary and Poland, largely supported by neighboring states like the Czech Republic.
Although the Polish government recently reached a compromise with the EU over a disciplinary chamber for judges, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro has warned that his country should not remain a member of the EU at all costs.
Mr Ziobro told the Rzeczpospolita newspaper: “I am a strong opponent of succumbing to illegal blackmail by the European Union.
He added that Poland should not stay in the EU “at any cost”, while accusing the European Court of Justice of having a “colonial mentality”.
Like Hungary, Poland is likely to become a net contributor to the EU in the near future, which could drastically change the country’s perception of the bloc. Meanwhile, the two countries have kept their own currencies, which means leaving the EU would be more feasible than for eurozone states like Greece and Italy.
Mr. Carlson may have done something quite monumental in presenting the Cultural Iron Curtain to a wider international audience. For years, the American left has praised the Nordic countries as a model to be copied. Now, the American right may have found its own vein in Central and Eastern Europe.
Mr Carlson’s visit could also prove to be a watershed moment in Europe’s new cultural war – Central and Eastern Europe not only providing an alternative model, but perhaps even a breech hole for individuals and businesses. exhausted by what many perceive to be a self-destructive West.
• Jonathan Saxty is an entrepreneur based in London.