In her latest Judy Asks column, Judy Dempsey, a nonresident senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe, asked a selection of experts question: Is Central Europe Destroying EU Solidarity?
The response of Jakub Wiśniewski, the Vice President of GLOBSEC organization and Director of the GLOBSEC Policy Institute, is following:
“Several Central European countries are cutting the branch they sit on. It is morally wrong for any member state to dissociate itself from common EU initiatives on migration. But it is more than that: to quote nineteenth-century French diplomat Talleyrand, “it is more than a crime; it is a political fault.” This policy will come back to haunt some Central European governments when EU structural funds are distributed in months and years to come and, more seriously, when new forums of multispeed cooperation emerge.
However, I do not remember debates about Britain destroying European solidarity when the British government questioned the free movement of people, one of the four freedoms of the single market. Nor do I recollect discussions about the end of solidarity when Germany took a favorable position toward the Nord Stream pipeline that brings gas from Russia. These countries’ policies were criticized, but their impact was never so fundamental as to destroy European solidarity. Yet if anyone can do that, it is one of the big member states, given their political heft.
Moreover, the Benelux or Scandinavian countries are not bundled together conceptually if one of them does something unworthy of the spirit of European solidarity. Central Europe is not only Hungary but also Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, and others.”
Judy Asks is a regular column of Judy Dempsey, in which a selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Read the full article by Judy Dempsey at Carnegie Europe: Judy Asks: Is Central Europe Destroying EU Solidarity?