Hungary spokesman says ‘parental issues don’t belong in EU’
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The former President of the European Council and leader of the country’s opposition party admitted anti-EU rhetoric may soon get out of hand in the country. He said the continued rhetoric against the EU from the ruling Law and Justice party may soon begin a process that cannot be reversed. Mr Tusk said: “Disasters such as Brexit or Poland’s possible exit from the EU very often do not happen because someone planned them, but because someone did not know how a clever alternative could be planned.”
Indeed, Marek Suski, an influential member of the ruling party PiS will fight “Brussels’ occupying power”.
Like Poland, Hungary has also threatened to leave the bloc and has likened the EU to Nazi Germany and the USSR.
Due to Hungary’s clashes with the EU, the country’s national newspaper, Magyar Nemzet, previously claimed it’s “time to talk about Huxit”.
The EU has enacted rule of law proceedings against both states due to laws passed which threaten the freedom of the press and judges.
Due to such legislation, the EU enacted rule of law proceedings amid claims both countries violated the bloc’s founding principles.
The bloc also loosely tied in rule of law proceedings into its coronavirus rescue fund.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto accused the bloc of financial blackmail as tensions between the two sour.
He also warned Hungary would not back down over its domestic laws in order to satisfy the EU.
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Mr Szijjarto said: “Since we are not ready to withdraw that protection there will be no compromise on this issue.
“We have way enough money to start those projects, which would have been covered by EU bonds.
“Yes, we can do it without EU funds.”
The EU Commission is facing increased pressure from the Parliament over the need to punish Poland and Hungary over their respective violations.
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Poland and Hungary now face new threat to EU regional funding as the Commission moved to link money to human rights standards.
Both Poland and Hungary are two of the largest recipients of EU money.
Poland received €121billion (£104billion) in funding while Hungary will receive up to €38billion (£32billion).
One EU diplomat said any move would be a “game-changer” for the bloc.
“There is no real competence in terms of the commission being able to use issues like this to withhold cohesion money.
“That’s a total game-changer.
“It is crossing a Rubicon.”
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.
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