Alexandra Béni | Apr 21, 2019 | 1
Christian Democrats call on parliament to show solidarity with Poland
The European Commission is employing double standards against Poland, a country Hungary is morally obliged to stand with in solidarity, a Christian Democrat (KDNP) lawmaker told a press conference on Tuesday.
Gergely Gaál spoke after the parliamentary debate of a draft resolution submitted by ruling Fidesz and KDNP. The proposal calls on the Hungarian government to stand by Poland during the Article 7 procedure launched by the European Commission.
The EC started the procedure in 2017, saying that Polish reforms severely restricted the freedom of the judiciary and threatened the rule of law.
Gaál said that similar laws to the contested ones had been implemented by other member states without similar scrutiny, and he insisted that Poland was being subjected to a political attack. “European values are not imperiled by Poland but by supporters of such procedures,” he said.
The real reason for the controversy is Poland’s reluctance to accept illegal migrants, Gaál insisted. The supporters of illegal migration in Brussels are trying to put pressure on those that oppose it, he said.
“Hungarians and Poles have to stand up for the values of a Christian Europe … and stand by one another,” Gaál said.
The Christian Democrat said he was “amazed to see the pathetic search for excuses” of radical nationalist Jobbik and the Socialists trying to “explain in advance” why they refused to back the proposal.