The European parliamentary group of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance on Thursday called on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to cancel his speech marking the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, calling for “more respect for the victims of Communism”.
“Marxist ideology led to the death of tens of millions and ruined the lives of hundreds of millions,” the statement said.
“The celebration of its founder is a mockery of their memory,” it added.
“This is particularly appalling for the citizens of countries which suffered for decades under Communist dictatorships. We oppose the EC head’s supportive presence at the celebration, especially since his party family, the European People’s Party, is fighting for the EU to condemn the sins of Nazism and Communism,” the statement said.
Marx’s birthplace, the town of Trier, in western Germany, is holding several hundreds of commemorations during the week. Juncker is scheduled to speak at the opening of an exhibition on the philosopher’s work.