Jean Asselborn is confident that lawyers will find the right tool against Fidesz.
Jean Asselborn is confident that lawyers will find the right tool against Fidesz.
The Luxembourg Foreign Minister maintains his view that Viktor Orbán is not in Europe, but he has been saying this since the refugee crisis. Asselborn remarked: he knows exactly that Hungarians cannot be excluded in the union, but this is not about the people either. However, the Union must come together, and this has already begun, that is, to completely isolate the head of government politically. Meanwhile, he hopes that lawyers will find the right tool against Fidesz. He thus indicated that the Commission had made preparations to initiate infringement proceedings. He sent a letter to Budapest explaining that Budapest was violating EU values. The Hungarian side will respond if it sees fit. But then comes another message stating that if nothing changes, the case will be closed before the European Court of Justice. Asselborn hopes the board will be so wise and will make the right decision.
The chancellor candidates of all three major German parties are calling for tougher action against Viktor Orbán, with the differences that the Greens’ representative would also withhold EU funding because of the LGBT law. But in another debate yesterday, Laschet and Scholz, on behalf of the CDU and SPD, respectively, warned Baerbock that this was not going to work because the rule of law mechanism could only be deployed where Brussels money was at stake. In other words, it is not enough that the Hungarian side does not adhere to European values. At the same time, the Christian Democrat politician pointed out that, with all legitimate criticism, no frontal attack should be launched against Eastern members, a way must be found for the continent’s central and eastern countries to find their way back to Europe. Both he and his Social Democrat colleague called it important that they wait, as the European Court of Justice says, so that Hungary really violates the principles, e.g. in relation to the independence of the judiciary.
According to Macron, there is a need to confront the growing illiberalism in the EU, but according to him, this is not about Orbán, although the homophobic Hungarian legislation has provoked a very fierce word battle in Brussels. The French President put it this way, there is a cultural-civilizational battle going on here that needs to be fought. Because to experience that the way of thinking and the mentality of society is deteriorating among Hungarians, Poles and others. The problem is much deeper, it does not stop at Viktor Orbán, because East and West cannot find a common denominator in the issue of European values. At the same time, the politician also spoke after the summit that the answer could not be the outburst of Hungary, because it would only push the population closer to anti-liberal Russian and Chinese values. A Brussels diplomat, on the other hand, smokes that the EU is idle, even though Orbán is breaking down the brakes and counterweights. However, the union lets it build its illiberal empire, even from community funds. Macron believes that a series of consultations on the future of Europe to protect values could find a solution and that the organization’s credit is at stake. The thing is all the more urgent because Putin’s authoritarian regimes are aggressive and Orbán draws inspiration from them. Laurent Pech, a law professor at Middlesex University in London, on the other hand, believes that this is not a question of civilization or culture, because whoever says otherwise is playing into the hands of a Hungarian politician. While authoritarian movements hide behind social issues and divert attention from the abolition of democracy.
Viktor Orbán takes advantage of football mania, but his illiberal attacks may prove to be an own goal. Because an army of Fidesz supporters on the restaurant terrace support the nationalist government’s view of minorities, but that could come to power for the politician – after 11 years. The national team reached a tie against the Germans, meaning it could not move on, but the result was just enough for the prime minister to declare a moral victory and push one to the judges. He still rules the country for the time being, and although he is used to beating back strongly when leaders of other EU member states resent his illiberal policies, he may soon shake power in vain with an iron hand in his hand. The opposition is consolidating into a unity front. László Róbert from the Political Capital believes that for the first time since 2006, Orbán cannot be sure of victory. At the same time, it stirred a huge storm to wash away warmth and pedophilia. Mrs. Ágoston Sámuel from the “nearby” Point of View Institute assures that the politician only wants to entrust gender education to families. The other side, however, argues that the prime minister just needs another target because he wants to mobilize his conservative base. That is why he is now training the LGBT community. Previously, refugees, Soros, the EU, Roma and the homeless were on the table, points out Luca Luca from the Background Society. It then becomes clear how much of a boost the new legislation will give Fidesz. But for Orban it was a severe blow to replace Netanyahu. Ivan Krasztev, the famous citizen political scientist, said that for the Hungarian leader, if there was a model at all, it was Israel, because that system was also built on the dissolution of the opposition, on division. The strong leader tried to defend the nation against everyone.
The European Championship League has so far clearly demonstrated that Western football is much different than Eastern football and not just because it manages more money. Football still has the Iron Curtain and the western part simply works better. His teams proved to be 15-3 better in the tournament than the Eastern national teams, including Turkey in the latter. Only Croats, Czechs and Ukrainians advanced from the east. The reason is that the other side is better at this game and its society is democratic. It is not simply the wealth that lies behind it, because then it would not have been e.g. once the Hungarian Golden Team. But talent production came to a halt in the East when socialism failed. On the other hand, it is telling that in the current series of struggles, Western rivals of mixed ethnic composition have defeated Eastern rivals, who are purely white. It really looks like a lot of immigrants are swinging in football. But training there is also much better. For a long time, it was taken from the East to someone who had contracted to the West. Those who stay home because they earn well there too, but get involved in slow, residual football. In this way, many young people emigrate as young people if they want to develop. But values also play a role in the marked difference. Orbán rebuked the Irish for kneeling in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Like Boniek, president of the Polish Association. Now, however, Western troops are protesting against the homophobic Hungarian law. The 11 captains of the Netherlands stated that they knew the Hungarian situation. It’s a shame that people only listen to politicians, but why don’t they ask gays who know exactly what it’s all about. But Wisnaldum underestimates the importance of football. UEFA is investigating allegations of homophobic and racist excesses by Hungarian fans, so the EC has become a forum in which the two Europeans fight their own quarrels.
There are only three months left until the German election, when Merkel will take her hat, but her departure has opened up a debate about the values of the union and who will be the voice on the continent afterwards. What could be seen this week was not at all nice: the leaders set aside the courtesy to persuade Viktor Orbán to repeal the anti-LGBT law. Here the two oldest serving prime ministers clashed the most: the Dutch and the Hungarian prime ministers. One is a self-appointed champion of a socially advanced liberal and the other an illiberal Christian democracy. An insider said there was a temporary summit: the German chancellor was still present but will soon be missing to bridge the contradictions. While cracks are deepening within the EU. At the same time, the turbulent debate over the rule of law mechanism since last summer has now reached its boiling point. One of the big questions is what will happen to the President of the Commission if Merkel steps off the stage. Furthermore, how is the situation in the Council evolving after it is increasingly divided. This, in turn, reflects the growing polarization of society and politics around the world. But what was definitely new was that the majority went so openly to a single Member State. In such a way that it could not be expected in advance, but the rules of courtesy were ignored.
The union needs to rely more on Eastern members, as evidenced by the rise of Merkel and Macron when they unexpectedly proposed a summit with Putin. Their defeat is clear and legitimate, and it is also evident that the two countries are no longer shaping the Union’s foreign policy at their own discretion. They tried in vain to deflect the direction of the community towards Moscow. Of course, it is very unfortunate that the EU is incapable of acting against the Kremlin, but it sees many Eastern European safeguards in this so that the Germans do not go astray. The meeting was a rage with many participants in reality when it was revealed that Berlin and Paris were trying to rush down those present. After all, they could have known that this is not going to happen, because such initiatives cannot just be thrown away, the preparation has its own technique. What was behind the hussar slaughter is not clear. What is clear, however, is that Merkel qualifies as a lame duck. Significant East-West contrasts have emerged, with a world separating the Eastern shells, the Baltic republics, and the Poles from those like the Italians, Greeks, Austrians, and Hungarians. The former see a threat to life in Russia, the latter trying to exploit economic opportunities. At the same time, they welcomed Merkel’s defeat in the East because, for historical reasons, several governments fear that Berlin and Moscow will once again agree over their heads. In this way, it is possible that the union is suitable for encircling Germany.