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Hungarian Foreign Minister Rebuffs EP President In “More Europe” Debate

Tamás Székely 2017.01.06.

“It would be foolish to transfer even more spheres of competence to Brussels, especially when it is apparent that is it the member states who are providing effective solutions to historic challenges”, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó  has said in reaction to recent remarks by European Parliament President Martin Schulz.

EP head Martin Schulz said in German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: “The generation of Kohl and Mitterrand 
travelled to Brussels with the attitude that a strong Europe is in the interest of our country. The Orbán generation 
says ‘we have to defend the interests of our country against Europe’ – as if they were being attacked by Brussels”. According to the EP President, member states have been transferring increasing spheres of authority to Brussels for years, but most governments have not explained this to their citizens. “The same people who nod along in 
Brussels pretend at home that some anonymous force put pressure on them. That is deadly.”

It is member states that come up with “practical” solutions to the challenges the community faces, so it would make no sense for them to give up further decision-making powers to the European Union, Péter Szijjártó told Hungarian news agency MTI on Thursday. Szijjártó said that “Schulz is wrong”, insisting that a strong Europe rested on strong member states. He argued that the community had been unable to stop illegal migrants for years and “Brussels has failed in terms of self-defence”. “Expecting protection from one who does not see the peril—that is lethal,” the minister added.

via hungarymatters.hu and kormany.hu