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Macron courts Hungary and Poland

February 25th, 2020

A pro-government pundit cautions against what he sees as an insincere attempt by President Macron of France to befriend the leaders of Hungary and Poland.

In Magyar Nemzet, Tamás Fricz recalls how Mr Macron suddenly began to praise PM Orbán, after long considering him as an adversary. The reason, the pro-government political scientist writes, is that Mr Macron failed to achieve a breakthrough for his liberal party alliance within the European Parliament in last year’s EP election. That is why, Fricz thinks, the French leader is seeking new tactical alliances to boost his own influence within the community. In what he sees as an even more worrying development, Mr Macron went to Poland and told his Polish counterpart that Poland’s place is alongside the great powers in Europe, namely Germany and France. Fricz fears that Mr Macron intends to break up the Visegrád 4 alliance because he sees it as an obstacle to his plan to crank up political integration and create a federal European state.

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