Austrian conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday that he wants to “build bridges” to ease tensions between East and West within the EU.
“I have noticed growing tensions in the EU, particularly because of the migration crisis. In this context, our ambitious project in Austria is to build bridges to the other Visegrád countries,” Kurz said.
In recent months, tensions have increased between the European Commission and the Visegrád countries. Differing viewpoints on European migration policy and the rule of law between Hungary and Poland on one side and the EC on the other were the result of misunderstandings with Brussels.
Recently, Sebastian Kurz invited the Austrian far-Right party, the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), to negotiations in order to form a coalition.
Heinz-Christian Strache, the leader of the FPÖ, also praised Hungary’s approach, which has erected border fences and deployed police to stop the entry of illegal asylum seekers.
Mayor Laszlo Toroczkai was the first who suggested building a fence along the border with Serbia, given that migrants frequently use the Balkan route to enter the EU. Before the fence was completed in September 2015, more than 140,000 migrants crossed each year.
To resist the Islamization of Europe is more the fight of the far-Right than the conservatives. If Vienna were to become associated with Visegrád group, this coalition would rise considerably in importance.