Budapest, March 15 (MTI) – Hungary will not tolerate double standards, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in a statement on Wednesday.
Szijjártó reacted to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s speech to the European Parliament in which he had called recent remarks by Turkey against the Netherlands “shocking”. Juncker said the European Union would not accept comparisons of a current EU government to Nazism, referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comment made last week that Nazism was still “widespread in the West”.
A political dispute has erupted between Turkey and the Netherlands this month after Dutch officials prevented two Turkish ministers from taking part in a planned rally in Rotterdam aimed at mobilising local Turkish immigrants for a key referendum in Turkey.
Szijjártó said: “We expected Jean-Claude Juncker to be outraged back when ‘Europe’s darkest era’ was being brought up in connection with Hungary just because the country abides by international regulations and protects its borders, and in turn, Europe, from illegal migration.” But Juncker was not upset back then, Szijjártó added.
“I would also like to make clear on our national holiday that we do not tolerate double standards. Only Hungarians have the right to decide the fate of Hungary,” the minister said.
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