Referring to “layers of bureaucracy in Brussels” and “the mentality of a European empire”, PM Viktor Orbán said in his today morning interview that Hungarians had an interest in Europe “not organising itself as an empire”, since this undermined Hungarian independence. “A Europe of nations is good from our point of view,” he said, adding that Brussels was stripping member states of “as many rights as possible”.
Noting the debate over whether Hungary should receive Recovery Fund money, Orbán said the European Commission insited that Hungary change its laws on the family and education. “We’re awaiting a difficult decision on this matter.”
Member states other than Hungary and Poland would also suffer as a result, he said.
“So we must work to keep Europe a free Europe”
and not allow “our national rights to continue to be undermined”.
Brussels, the prime minister insisted, wanted a servile government in Hungary. The Hungarian people, by contrast, wanted “a national Christian government that stands up for national interests,” he said.
Orbán said Hungary was “moving forward”, whereas “countries suffering from corruption don’t move forward, but backwards.” He insisted that the most corrupt government in the history of Hungary was that of the governments of Ferenc Gyurcsány and Gordon Bajnai.