Weber accuses Orbán of wanting to destroy Europe
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In an interview with WELT AM SONNTAG, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán equated the EU with the regime of the Soviet Union. Manfred Weber, EPP group leader in the European Parliament, replied Orbán in a guest contribution – and raised serious allegations.
Dhe Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, has sharply criticized the policies of the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. “The immense economic, social and societal upheavals cannot be mastered with a national-populist political approach or a culture war, as demanded by Hungary’s Prime Minister Orbán,” Weber writes in a guest article for WELT AM SONNTAG.
“The dismantling of the rule of law, nationalism or division are not useful tools to master the challenges.” The contribution is a response of the CSU deputy chairman to an interview by WELT AM SONNTAG with Orbán, which appeared on December 20.
With a view to the Hungarian prime minister, Weber writes: “Some heads of government today discredit EU decisions for the sake of quick applause, even though they often agreed to them themselves. Anyone who equates the European Union with the authoritarian regime of the Soviet communists wants to destroy the Europe that was built by Helmut Kohl’s generation of politicians. “
The EU is “not a milking cow for grants, but a community of fate and values,” said Weber. “The values are primarily about the dignity of the individual, regardless of whether you are in Europe’s vibrant regions or in the refugee camp on Lesbos, regardless of whether you are a Christian, a Jew or a Muslim.”
Weber concludes: “It is now more than questionable whether Orbán’s exclusionary policy approach can be a companion here. It is necessary for the EPP to make a decision – the sooner the better. “
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