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Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communication and relations, on Thursday lambasted what he called a “witch hunt and coordinated smear campaign” on the part of the European Union against Hungary’s new law which enhances government powers to tackle the novel coronavirus epidemic.

In a video message on Facebook, Kovács said that whenever Hungary had chosen “a path at odds from that of the EU” over the past ten years, and tailored its laws to its own needs, “its domestic and international critics were always quick to react”.

Kovács called it “outrageous” that Hungary was “again the one to be singled out” when the world was seeing the devastation caused by the virus in certain western and southern European countries alongside the “mistakes” made by their governments in handling the crisis.

He dismissed concerns raised by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen over Hungary’s emergency measures as “a typical example of the political double standards” applied to Hungary, arguing that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had been granted no greater powers by the epidemic response law than those enjoyed by the president of France in peace time.

“We ask everyone to focus and concentrate on protection,” Kovács said. “Everyone’s efforts are needed both at home and abroad.”

Source: MTI

2 comments
  1. OPEN MESSAGE TO ZOLTAN KOVACS :

    Please do not unduly FRET about recent statements made by certain ‘persons of presumed importance’ within the European Union.

    Napoleon was overwhelmed at Waterloo, Hitler could not recover from his Stalingrad defeat and the E.U. – a heterogeneous conglomeration of self-interested nation states – now has to EFFECTIVELY fight Wuhan (‘flu).
    Its track record so far in this respect has been ABYSMAL (to put it mildly).

    Hungary was able to not only deal with the horrific consequences of Trianon 100 years ago but it eventually emerged as a modern example of democracy at work within Central Europe after almost 50 years under the yoke of Communism (like its fellow members of the VISEGRAD GROUP).

    There is no doubt that the next several months will be DIFFICULT for Hungary but history shows that it will survive and – indeed – prosper.

    I very much doubt that the same can be said of the European Union.

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