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Hungary’s foreign minister on Friday criticised the European Union’s rejection of Romania and Bulgaria’s bids to join the bloc’s passport-free Schengen zone.

Both countries have been working hard to protect their borders and have done a lot to rein in illegal migration, Péter Szijjártó said on Facebook, adding that Romania and Bulgaria should have been allowed to join the Schengen zone. Referring to a Thursday vote in the European Parliament, Szijjártó said that Croatia had been granted Schengen status, while Romania and Bulgaria were rejected “though both were deserving”. Szijjáró insisted that their rejection was due to a veto by Austria and the Netherlands, while “everybody else was in support”. The minister regretted that “wailing journalists of the liberal mainstream, Brussels bureaucrats, and ministers of liberal governments” were silent, whereas all new positions presented by the Hungarian government were met with “clamorous” criticism. “The liberal mainstream has once again revealed its immense hypocrisy,” Szijjártó said. “If a central European country uses their veto, that is the end of the world and destroying European unity, while a veto by western Europeans is okay.”