With leaders like Vera Jourová, this version of the European Union is not necessarily one that Central European countries want to be part of, political analyst Tamás Fricz writes in a column in conservative daily Magyar Nemzet.
Vera Jourová, the vice president of the European Commission and Commissioner for European Values and Transparency, was arrested at Prague Airport in 2006, charged with corruption, and spent 33 days in pre-trial detention. In the end, there was not enough evidence against her, so she was acquitted.
This is the person in charge of European values and transparency in the Union.
Didier Reynders, the EU’s justice commissioner, has also been accused of corruption and money laundering in the past, but again walked away for lack of evidence.
They are both leading the committee responsible for the rule of law in the member states.
I have to say that this European Union is quite a funny place.
Jourová was abandoned by her husband during her pre-trial period, however, she then soon found a real spiritual companion in the good Samaritan of George Soros, who she has been proudly photographed next to in the past. Where did her career go from there? It soared all the way to the European Union, and she is now practically one of the leaders of Europe.
Jourová is a truly useful idiot, an envoy, a political operator who performs the tasks entrusted to her by the global elite with great diligence. Despite what she is, even she can sometimes let the truth slip. For example, in the spring when the Hungarian Liberal Network attacked the Hungarian coronavirus emergency law, she accidentally spoke out and said that when she read the law, she did not find any elements that violated the rule of law.
A few days later, however, it suddenly became clear to Jourová that there was a big problem with the law.
Since then, Jourová has continues to run amok against our country. She called Hungarian democracy an “ill democracy”. The Hungarian people, who voted overwhelmingly for Viktor Orbán, appear to have a different opinion. The Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga called for her resignation with her characteristic model charisma, and Orbán wrote a letter to Jourová’s boss, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, also requesting her resignation.
There are ultimately two possibilities.
Either the EU beleives Jourova is right or it does not. If not, from here on, let us simply consider the woman a persona non grata whose words are no interest to us. If, on the other hand, this enthusiastic Soros follower is viewed as having the right opinion on Hungary, there are serious consequences. Then we Hungarians, and perhaps the Poles as well, have nothing to earn by being a part of this European Union.
We have nothing to earn in a union — I repeat, in a so-called union — where a German politician named Katarina Barley can say without consequences that Viktor Orbán — or the Hungarians and Poles for that matter — should be financially starved.
We have nothing to earn in a union in which Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte can say without consequences that he can imagine a union without Hungary and Poland. If Jourová is viewed as right by the EU, then, well-known Hungarian song “Right now it depends” applies more than ever, which features the lyrics, “We’re not in the right place,” and “You’re not right for me”.
However, in a union free of ideologies and value claims, oriented towards equal economic and trade cooperation between sovereign member states, then we belong. If that does not work out, Central and Eastern Europe should be the ones to rethink the European Union.
Title image: Vera Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for European Values and Transparency