Schulz Criticises Orbán Over EU Funds

  • 15 Jun 2017 8:00 AM
Schulz Criticises Orbán Over EU Funds
German Social Democrat candidate for chancellor Martin Schulz has lashed out at Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, saying it is unacceptable for a country to take EU funds while resisting its policy in other areas.

“If I am the chancellor, I will not allow the idea of solidarity to be questioned,” he told a business conference on Tuesday.

He made it clear that as chancellor he would back the idea that the EU should withhold cohesion funds from member states that refuse to go along with its policy on refugees, according to news website Politico.

He was responding to Orbán’s declaration in Parliament on Monday that Hungary “will not give in to blackmail from Brussels and we reject the mandatory relocation quota”.

“Orbán said that is a German problem,” Schulz noted. “Let me make this perfectly clear: When it comes to agricultural policy, it’s all ‘Yes, please’. When it comes to subsidies, it’s all ‘Yes, please’. And when it comes to solidarity in refugee policy, it’s ‘No thank you’. This is not acceptable.”

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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