As a result of electoral dynamics, representatives from the V4 countries see their numbers grow in the European Conservatives and Reformists group. This retracts many ambitious reform plans for the EU and increases the spread of illiberal messages across Europe.


Takeaways

  • The V4-ECR will be sceptical of the future EU Commission and of the pro-European majority in the EP, but it will not become openly anti-European.
  • On fundamental issues of EU foreign policy, the V4-ECR is likely to vote together with the majority of the EP. This list includes Russia sanctions, unified positions on China as well as human rights violations in Cuba and Belarus. However, Fidesz later votes to end Russian sanctions.
  • The V4-ECR is vehemently anti-immigrant and resists attempts from the Commission to pursue any unified approach towards common immigration policy. On this issue, the V4-ECR vote together with the ENF and EFDD.
  • From the EU financial perspective, there is disunity in the grouping. The Poles, Hungarians, Romanians, Croats and Latvians vote in favour of a larger budget and more extensive transfers. The Czechs, Slovaks and German libertarians vote against this proposal.
  • On the appointments to the EU Commission, the grouping at times abstains or unwillingly supports EPP candidates. As regards the President of the European Central Bank, the group has no strong views since it is essentially anti-euro.

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Visegrad Insight 2 (14) 2019
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Wojciech Przybylski, Editor-in-Chief
Marcin Zaborowski, Senior Associate

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