- 14 Sep 2018 4:53 PM
- Hungary Matters
In an interview to public radio, Orbán insisted that the Hungarian government had “responded to all claims” in the Sargentini report. He said 19 of those claims concerned contested procedures under way, while 13 concerned past procedures and 37 contained “factual mistakes”.
The prime minister also said that the European Parliament had violated its own rules in approving the report. He argued that abstentions should have been counted as votes against the report and a two-thirds majority was therefore reached unlawfully. He called out the EP for sanctioning a country for supposedly ignoring the rule of law while disregarding its own rules.
Referring to Hungarian MEPs who backed the report, Orbán said he accepted that the opposition was embittered because it had lost three consecutive general elections. Sometimes in such cases emotions come to the fore, he said.
“But it is appalling that the opposition cannot set aside its hatred of its domestic political rivals for the sake of the country,” he added. “Anyone who hates their political opponents more than they love their country is in trouble.” Orbán insisted that it was clear from the title of the report that it condemned Hungary rather than the Hungarian government.
He said that besides migration, the next European election would also concern “many hundred millions of euros” with which the EU was currently “supporting Soros organisations”. The European Commission, he insisted, funded “pseudo-civil” groups in Israel which “wage anti-Semitic campaigns against that very country”.
“It is a fact that the centre of modern anti- Semitism, where anti-Israel forces against Prime Minister Netanyahu are financed from, is in Brussels,” Orbán said.
He added that this could not continue, and if it were up to Hungary, this situation would be changed in the May election. Hungary’s actions against anti-Semitism are a matter of humanity and honour, he said.