The tension between the European Union and Hungary is growing. The Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, prepares to veto a new important EU decision about joint debt. Balázs Orbán, the political director of the Prime Minister, said that the veto will take place if Hungary does not receive the promised EU funds.
Balázs Orbán’s concrete statement was, according to 24.hu, the following: he does not understand why Hungary should support a joint action, while they are not receiving money from a similar economic development fund. If somebody could explain it to him, then he would merrily listen to it.
He said this to the Daily Telegraph to answer their question. The eurosceptic newspaper’s editor described Hungary as the black sheep of Europe, which has headed towards a crisis. All this because Brussels cut the lifeline towards the country. Previously the European Parlament accused Viktor Orbán of corruption, where he used public funds for the benefit of his friends.
What’s going to happen?
The Court of Justice of the European Union can issue fines because Hungary limited the rights of gender minorities. According to Tibor Navracsics, the minister of regional development, the EU is trying to control the Hungarian government because of ideological reasons. The minister was asked whether the law, which allegedly protects children, was worth 27 billion euros or not. The law in question prohibits the dissemination of information about gender issues under the age of eighteen. The minister responded, that it is a difficult question, but denied that the government would be against homosexuality.
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One solution could be that Brussels will offer 60-70 percent of the original sum of money, about 21 billion euros. However, Daniel Freund, a German green representative in the European Parliament and a critic of Orbán said the following: Orbán is always saying that there is a cultural war between Hungary and the European Union, which is only a diversion from the real problem. The cause of the tensions is corruption and the destruction of democratic institutions.
Despite all that is going on, it is unlikely that Hungary will be kicked out of the EU. Even the government knows that the EU membership is too valuable to risk, so they try to be as careful as they can. Zsolt Németh, chairman of the parliament’s foreign commission, added that Hungary needs all the money it can get. He said that now the government is fighting for its own money, which rightfully belongs to the country.
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