Czech president Milos Zeman and Bohuslav Sobotka, the country’s social democratic Prime Minister, have both condemned a statement by Luxembourgish foreign minister suggesting that Hungary should be expelled from the European Union.
In an interview with today’s edition of the German daily Die Welt, Jean Asselborn said that the only chance of preserving the EU’s cohesion and values is to suspend or even expel Hungary from the community and claimed that “Hungary is not far away from issuing orders to open fire on refugees”, statements that were immediately met from harsh criticism by his Hungarian colleague Péter Szijjártó, as well as the foreign ministers of Germany aand Austria.
In reaction to Mr. Asselborn’s interview, a spokesman for Milos Zeman, the president of the Czech Republic, said that the statements made by the Luxembourgish foreign minister cause “extraordinary damage” to the European Union and the project of European integration.
The spokesman’s words were echoed by Bohuslav Sobotka, the country’s left-wing prime minister, who said that a “rational attitude” has to be adopted in the debate on the future of the EU in order to form unity. Mr. Asselborn’s statements fall into the “category of nonsense” and amount to political trench-digging, he said, while making clear that he rejects the exclusion of Hungary from the European Union.