European walls

The migrant crisis bolsters Euroscepticism in Eastern European countries that must first of all guarantee an appropriate quality of life for their citizens.

On the phone from Warsaw, professor Radoslaw Markowski, chair of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, leaves no room for doubt: “Poland is witnessing a constitutional coup. The government is violating the constitution, and the Constitutional Court is effectively paralysed, as the March 11 Venice Commission report explains very well”. Markowski is not the only one who is worried. On 7 March, 240,000 Poles hit the streets to protest against Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and the PiS, the incumbent national conservative party.

According to Markowski, at the moment neither Poland nor Hungary deserve to be members of the European Union. Clearly the Polish government sees things differently. For example, the foreign minister, Witold Waszczykowski, said in a recent interview that “the former [Polish] government has many friends in Western countries, and it has managed to convince them that what we are doing is wrong”. Even the Hungarian government led by Viktor Orbán defends the legitimacy of its actions: he believes that European, not Hungarian, democracy is in trouble, especially in their management of the migrants. 
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