MEPs speak out in the EP’s Hungary debate

The issue of Hungary has been returned to the agenda of the European Parliament plenary session on Wednesday as a result of the EP election campaign, MEP Tamas Deutsch of ruling Fidesz said.

“The left-liberal majority in the body launched another attack against Hungary because of the campaign,” he said during the debate.

The EP session was initiated by the EP’s Green parliamentary group in view of the recent anti-government demonstrations, the amendment of the labour code and the setting up of administrative courts in Hungary.

At the session, European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said that the EC shares the concerns regarding the state of the rule of law, human rights and corruption in Hungary.

Deutsch said MEPs’ anger against Hungary is rooted in an issue that will determine Europeans’ lives for decades, which is migration. The majority of Hungarians, regardless of party affiliation, want something completely different than these MEPs, he added.

Zoltan Balczo, an MEP of conservative opposition Jobbik, told the EP plenary session that “Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s regime is built on vassalage and corruption, gradually destroying the rule of law and releasing the genie of hatred from the bottle,” but he stressed that this discussion should be held in Budapest, not in Brussels. Independent MEP Krisztina Morvai – who won her seat on Jobbik’s list – pointed out that instead of holding another debate about Hungary, the EP should focus on what’s going on in France, the increasing police brutality against the protesters.

Tibor Szanyi, an MEP of the opposition Socialists, said the government has turned “the merriest barrack of the Soviet bloc into Europe’s new death row.”

Source: MTI/Hungary Journal
Photos: EP

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