Austrian chancellor defends Hungary, Poland in rule of law debate

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaks during a press conference after talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Kurz is on a one-day official visit to Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
By Dénes Albert
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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz defended Hungary and Poland in the EU rule-of-law debate.

“It is wrong to always talk only about Hungary and Poland,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told the Austrian online media group Funke Media Group and the French daily Ouest-France.

The Austrian Chancellor called for a fairer attitude towards Hungary and Poland in the EU rule-of-law debate. He believes that the rule of law and the preservation of European fundamental values ​​are crucial for the survival of the European Union, but that they apply equally to all states.

Kurz has repeatedly criticized the European Union on various topics in recent years. Among other things, he raised the issue of double standards in the member states.

In a 2019 interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), he spoke of “Western arrogance in places” against Eastern Europeans. An “anti-European mindset” occurs not only in Eastern Europe but also in the West, he said at the time.

Title image: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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