The Hungarian government is warning EU member nations of Brussels’s intent to shove open borders down their throats.
Dr. Zoltán Kovács, the State Secretary for International Communications and Relations, expressed his concern about the EU’s latest move to undermine national sovereignty within its bloc.
Kovács specifically singed out the plans to reform and expand the EU Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex)’s role as an attempt to infringe on the sovereignty of member-states” by taking border control out of national governments’ hands and transferring it to Frontex instead.
He backed up his claims about the Brussels elite’s goals by quoting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the bloc’s most powerful open borders proponent:
“[President of the European Commission] Jean-Claude Juncker has already put forward a proposal that states that Frontex must be reinforced. However, this also means – and this is what I support, at least – that member-states on the external border of the EU must give up their national competencies in order to give Frontex truly comprehensive competencies.”
Kovács continued his warnings:
“Beware when a senior figure says that countries “with external EU borders” should “surrender their national competences”. That should set off warning bells throughout the EU.”
Interestingly, Kovács highlighted how EU leaders focus on border management and never on strengthening or defending borders. In Kovács’s view, border management is a euphemism for allowing mass migration into the EU.
At the same time, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Stíjjártó asserted that Brussels’s growing opposition to pro-sovereignty, anti-mass migration governments in Europe is due to their unwillingness to become “migrant hosts”. Stíjjártó addressed this point a press conference with Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.
The Hungarian Foreign Minister also noted that the EU was enraged when Hungary and Poland were the first European countries to reject the United Nations Global Compact for Migration.
Under Viktor Orbán’s leadership, Hungary has been a bastion of rationality in the EU. Its skepticism of open borders is warranted given the disturbing social effects it has had in countries like France and the United Kingdom.
Countries have every right to pursue whatever immigration policies they see fit. However, when supranational entities like the EU step in and impose one-size-fits all policies on them, that’s where a line has to be drawn.
Simply put, a multinational open borders experiment is a disaster waiting to happen.
Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?
America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad
Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.
Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy.
In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”
Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.
That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.
Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:
“Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”
Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 24, 2020
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”
All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting:https://t.co/0g3jpVPsDm
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 24, 2020
The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change.
Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.
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