Foreign Affairs

Hungarian House Speaker: Brussels Bureaucracy, European Commission Main Opponents

Hungary’s place is without a doubt within the framework of western integration but without subordinating its interests to foreign interests, Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament László Kövér said in an interview with pro-government daily Magyar Idők.

Speaking on the occasion of Saint Stephen’s Day on August 20, when Hungary celebrates the establishment of the Hungarian state by King Saint Stephen in 1000 AD, Köver told the paper that Saint Stephen faced similar challenges as the challenges of today and the performance of the state under Saint Stephen offers an important point of reference for today’s public life. Saint Stephen governed according to western standards without letting the country sink into German serfdom, he said.

The main opponent of our country today is the Brussels bureaucracy, especially the European Commission, which oversteps its competency when it tries to become a political actor

László Kövér said, adding that in the quota scheme lawsuit [which Hungary and Slovakia started against the EU contesting the quota scheme for asylum seekers’ resettlement], Hungary and Slovakia are likely to lose, even though this is only possible if the court ignores the obvious state of legal affairs.

Answering a question about ruling Fidesz’s strategy for the 2018 general election, Kövér said the party has “brought the country back from the edge of the precipice” in 2010. The period since 2014 has been the most successful government term since the fall of Communism, he said. “Our supporters should not feel for a minute that we have already won the election,” he said. One must learn from the election of 2002 and it is necessary “to take up the glove in the case of every attack”, he added.

via MTI and magyaridok.hu; photo: László Beliczay – MTI