The leader of the European People’s Party was furious: Manfred Weber said Orbán was one of the foolish guys at the EU summit.
“Viktor Orbán blackmailed other European leaders at the EU summit and represented the interests of President Vladimir Putin at the negotiating table,”
Manfred Weber, the newly elected president of the European People’s Party last week, said in the European Parliament on Wednesday during the debate on the EU summit. As Euronews reports, Weber said that the overall outcome of last week’s EU summit was good, that progress had been made and that they were on the right track.
However, Weber added,
“I don’t understand why no one who has spoken so far has mentioned Viktor Orbán’s name.”
In his opinion, when people look at what happened at the last EU summit, they see that “Viktor Orbán was one of the foolish guys at the table”. Weber wondered what it must have been like to sit next to him, to live through Viktor Orbán’s blackmail, and to see the Hungarian prime minister representing Putin’s interests at the negotiating table.
The politician admitted that he had “a long personal history with Viktor Orbán”, who he said “was kicked out of the EPP two years ago”.
According to the EPP politician, this issue is important because many people in Europe feel and understand that the current structure is not appropriate for decision-making.
Weber said that this is the reason why the bridging clause of the Lisbon Treaty should have been initiated. This would allow for a derogation from unanimity in certain cases, i.e. no member state leader would have the veto right.
Even before the EU summit, the German politician said that Russia’s war against Ukraine makes it “morally unacceptable” that hundreds of millions of euros are being transferred from the EU to Moscow every day.
“Frankly, I am fed up with Viktor Orbán dictating the pace,”
Manfred Weber said.
Source: Euronews, Nyugati Fény, Privát Bankár