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Czechs to Shy Away from Poland, Hungary in Their Fight With EU

  • Country must look beyond Visegrad Group, Bek says in interview
  • Polish conflict with EU may destabilize region, minister warns
EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier Addresses Parliament Brexit Plenary
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The Czech Republic will seek to use its European Union presidency in the second half of 2022 to build stronger links with the bloc’s mainstream members, counterbalancing ties with traditional regional allies Poland and Hungary that are in conflict with Brussels.

“We have a system in place for pretty close cooperation with our counterparts in the Visegrad Group” that also includes Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, Czech Minister for European Affairs Mikulas Bek said in an interview Monday. “That’s good and it has been productive for us but we need to reach beyond that and create something similar with other countries too.”