Hungary drifts further and further away from the European mainstream. Therefore, leaving the European Union is not an impossible scenario, Mikuláš Bek, the Czech minister for European affairs, said in an interview.
The Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union started this July. According to Index.hu, Mr Bek talked mainly about their goals. For example, he mentioned they would like to do everything to handle the energy crisis. However, at the moment, opinions differ significantly about how the EU should tackle the situation, he added. “If I ask three experts, they give four scenarios on how it would be the best to regulate the market,” he highlighted.
He said many countries did not support the Commission’s suggestion to introduce a price cap on Russian gas. He mentioned Italy among those countries that suggest an agreement or ceasefire with the Russians. They would do so even by sacrificing Ukrainian territories and weakening Kyiv.
The Hungarian and the Cyprian government already backed such plans during the summer. However, the minister said such suggestions are currently part of a minority opinion. But they do not forget to consider them. He said the European Union would not accept an unfavourable ceasefire in return for a short-term economic ascension.
Bek said it was becoming harder to keep Hungary part of the European mainstream. He mentioned among the successes that Hungary did not veto the sanctions against the Russian oligarchs. Globally, on the other hand, Mr Bek was pessimistic about the issue. “In the European Union, there are difficult negotiations”, he said. “But Hungary got very far from us”, he highlighted.
He said Hungary was on the edge of the abyss, and now they must decide whether to turn back or risk and jump. He added he would not even like to consider the consequences of the latter option. He also said it is not impossible that, at some point, Hungary might leave the European Union.
Source: index.hu, irozhlas.cz