The world is embroiled in a global battle of two sides whose positions cannot be reconciled, Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament László Kövér told Catholic Radio on Wednesday in one of his fairly rare but always outspoken media appearances.
“On the one side stand those who think that there can be a democracy based on boundless freedoms, while on the other side are those who believe that democracy can only be built on a balance between order and freedom,” Kövér said. “Democracy cannot be contrary to the people’s will, but it seems that is the trend in today’s Europe.”
He also said that the future of the European Union is uncertain and that he “wouldn’t wager a significant sum” of it being around a decade from now.
Speaking about the controversial court decision in a Roma segregation case, Kövér said that a small minority wants to pocket large amounts of money with the help of lawyers and ‘Soros’s behind-the-scenes powers’. Law and justice cannot be opposed to one another,” Kövér said.
In early January, the Supreme Court of Hungary (Curia) ruled that the small Hungarian town of Gyöngyöspata must pay a total of 100 million forints (€303,200) in reparation to the families of 62 Roma children who were in a segregated classroom for a few years.
The segregation began in 2003, a period when Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was not in power.
The legal proceedings on behalf of the families were initiated, coordinated and financed by the foundation A Chance for Disadvantaged Children, which is a part of George Soros’s network of Hungarian NGOs. The fine will put the municipality of Gyöngyöspata, with a population of 2,476, in an untenable financial situation, as the fine is equal to the town’s budget for two years.
Speaking about recently approved stiffer house regulations in parliament to prevent unruly behavior, Kövér said elements of the younger generation that are “severely lacking education” have been recently elected to parliament,
Kövér said that part of the new generation is more interested in generating scandals to be picked up by social media than earnest debates.
“Scandal is how they can make it to the internet,” Kövér said. “Arguments or listening to the other’s position no longer matter.”
Title image: Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament László Kövér on February 22. (source: MTI/Gábor Kiss)