As reported by 444.hu, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission is not fazed about the campaign that Viktor Orbán is leading against him; he is more worried about the xenophobia present in the Hungarian political landscape.
Answering the question asked on Italian public television regarding the European parliamentary elections, he stated he is not bothered about the campaign against him. He is more concerned with the Hungarian prime minister taking a very nationalistic political stance and not accepting unfortunate refugees. “I oppose all forms of xenophobia” he said. According to Jean-Claude Juncker this kind of nationalism and rejection of others leads to war.
The President of the European Commission emphasised, he is not criticising national sovereignty: “I love nations, history, landscapes, cultures and diversity. However, above national identity, we also need to consider the European identity too”.
Jean-Claude Junker was interviewed by the Italian Channel RAI1 on their popular Sunday night talk show Che Tempo che Fa.
Jean-Claude Juncker expressed his concerns regarding the Italian economic climate. However, he praised the country for how they dealt with the migration situation. The EU helped Italy with at least €1 billion. “Perhaps European solidarity was not enough, but we did everything possible” he stated.
Coming to the end of his term as President of the European Commission, on Monday he is visiting Italian Prime Minister Giuselle Conte and on Tuesday President Sergio Mattarella. He will also meet with former president Giorgio Napolitano, however, he is not planning to hold discussions with party leaders Luigi Di Maio of The Five Star Movement nor with Matteo Salvini, the head of the Northern League.
Juncker and the Hungarian political scene have an intersting relationship. Last year Juncker also stated that Orbán is not a Christian Democrat anymore.
In early March we reported how Jobbik have ‘corrected’ Orban’s anti-Juncker and anti-Soros posters.
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Source: 444.hu, mti.hu