Hungary’s govt to “shake up Brussels”

The Hungarian government has released this English-language internet video “in response to the affronts to our country,” Government Spokesman Zoltan Kovacs announced on his blog, About Hungary, referring to – among other things – the European Parliament’s report about Hungary.

“The government of Hungary will not leave unanswered the offense committed against Hungary in the Sargentini Report,” according to an official statement. “We would like to make clear before the general, European public that we do not want to become an immigrant country. That’s why the government has released this English-language internet video in response to the attacks on our country.”

Juncker’s statement is personal revenge

It does not even deserve a comment as it is nothing other than personal revenge in light of the fact that Prime Minister Viktor Orban did not support him when he ran for the office of President of the Commission four years ago, Government Spokesperson Zoltan Kovacs said in response to the fact that according to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission Orban no longer has a place in the European People’s Party (EPP). In his message Kovacs wrote that the differences related to migration make the case of personal revenge even more evident. The Hungarian government will never accept the pro-migration position which Juncker represents, he added.

In an interview given to the French daily Le Monde which was published on Friday afternoon, Jean-Claude Juncker said, among other things, that “Viktor Orban no longer has a place in the European People’s Party. (…) Although I respect the man, I see many incompatibilities between his words and the Christian democratic values on which the EPP family is based, unless he will guarantee us that he respects the fundamental values and the electoral programme of the EPP”. At the EPP summit held before the informal Salzburg EU summit of 19-20 September, Jean-Claude Juncker already initiated the expulsion of Fidesz from the EPP.

In this context, Antal Rogan, the Minister heading the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister highlighted it was regrettable that the President of the Commission made this suggestion when Orban was no longer in the room as he had to go to a one-to-one meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Despite this, at the debate which was conducted in the Prime Minister’s absence, attendees of the EPP summit clearly rejected the EC President’s proposal, and as a result the process has not been triggered, the Minister pointed out. In June 2014, in addition to the British Prime Minister, the Hungarian Prime Minister was the other leader in the European Council who did not support Jean-Claude Juncker’s nomination to the office of President of the European Commission.

Source: About Hungary,
Photo: MTI

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