Hungary/Poland – Following a telephone conversation with his Polish counterpart, Zbigniew Rau, on the evening of Wednesday 10 November, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó posted a message of support for Poland on his Facebook account, thanking the Polish authorities for defending the EU border and stopping migrants who try to enter the EU illegally and by force:
“Poland’s eastern border is still under heavy pressure from illegal immigration.
Our poor Polish friends are now directly experiencing what has been a constant phenomenon in our country for almost six years,
namely illegal migrants defying our rules, our laws, our sovereignty, and wanting to violate our borders en masse.
Let us be clear: border violations are a crime (…), not to mention human trafficking.
I assured my Polish colleague of Hungary’s full solidarity and thanked him for the fact that Polish border guards and police officers are protecting Poland, and thus the external borders of the European Union and the Schengen area.
In these hours and days, Polish border guards are protecting not only Poland but the whole of Europe, just like the Hungarian border guards who are protecting our country’s southern border.
All the politicians in Brussels who over the past six years have taken a pro-immigration stance, kept the mandatory resettlement quota on the agenda and denied resources to countries that protect their borders should now go to the Polish–Belarusian border and be ashamed.”
The AfD thanks the Polish government too
This view is shared by many European citizens, including in Western Europe, where the negative effects of mass immigration are widely felt. This is the case in Germany, for example, where, on 8 November, AfD (Alternative for Germany) activists unfurled a long banner in front of the imposing Brandenburg Gate, reading in Polish and German:
“We thank the Polish government for protecting Germany and Europe.”