“The time has come to recognize that the countries of Central Europe are full members of the European Union.” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban did not like the attempt of the German Christian Democratic Union candidate, Chancellor Armin Laschet, to change the European Union’s foreign policy vote from consensus to majority. A few days ago, Hungary was the only country that blocked a joint statement calling on Israel to “adequately defend” against attacks from the Gaza Strip.
Urban in his opinion titled Samizdat No. 8 Calls on Central European countries, with different opinions, to be taken seriously, even if that means voting disagreements. “We simply knew that at the time. According to the EU agreements, a full agreement is needed on important issues such as foreign issues. So, by using its veto, Hungary has done nothing but act in accordance with EU treaties.” Orban says: Referring to Hungary as non-European because it has exercised its right is, in fact, not European. “
The Hungarian prime minister calls on EU leaders to realize that Central European countries are more homogeneous in terms of population and that many of their citizens remain committed to the Judeo-Christian roots of European culture. This is why the country cannot be understood as Israel as a yardstick for EU sanctions, Orban argues. “This is not possible, although Mr. Laschet of the Franco-German Axis calls for the correct European Union policy. It is time to recognize that the Central European countries that later joined the Union are full members of the European Union. We also have the right to defend our convictions, our allies and our interests.” .
The proposed joint letter to Israel and the Palestinians has won the support of 26 of the 27 member states. Only Hungary refused to join. Member states have long been divided over Israel and its role in tensions in the Middle East, making it impossible for the Union to play a greater role in the region. Some Western European countries, such as Belgium and Ireland, are lobbying for a more critical approach to the actions of the Jewish state, as has been the case with video conferencing. Conversely, Hungary, the Czech Republic and some other countries in the eastern flank of the European Union are among Israel’s allies who are reluctant to make stronger statements. “I have a problem in general with the European statements about Israel … they are not very helpful, especially in the current circumstances where there is a lot of tension,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szegarto told AFP.
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Hungarian Prime Minister Orban has been skeptical about the development of the European Union for a long time. In his view, the Western world is weak and not free. It also annoys him that the current European Union does not sufficiently respect the wishes of small countries. “If the Germans want German Europe, then they also want to tell other countries what to do and how to live,” Urban says. Manfred Weber, a spokesman for the Christian Democratic Union, who wanted to become president of the European Commission, joined in this direction. So Hungary banned it and the result was Ursula von der Leyen being chosen. “(Germany Weber and Merkel) wants to define what is right about immigration, family and tax policy. He wants to tell us how we Hungarians should live. Helmut Kohl did the opposite, he wanted European Germany, and he did not fight for hegemony, but for pluralism. He said. Orban recently: “He has always recognized that even the smallest countries have the right to self-determination.”
He sees the four Visegrad countries as the future. Orban warned in an interview with the Slovak conservative Denik Postoy, “If we do not meet, the Slovaks, the Hungarians, the Czechs and the Poles, and we do not move together in the East and the West, we will all walk badly.” We wrote more about it Here.
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