EU parliament is one the ‘world’s most corrupt organizations,’ says Hungarian foreign minister

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó. (MTI/Tibor BBalogh)
By Dénes Albert
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The European Parliament is a corrupt organization lacking in credibility following its recent corruption scandals, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has claimed.

In an interview with the Kossuth radio station on Sunday, the Hungarian government minister said, “Very few of the decisions, statements, and resolutions of the European Parliament have in fact helped Europe.

“The credibility of the European Parliament is practically zero, the latest corruption issues have clearly shown that we are speaking about one of the world’s most corrupt organizations.”

In recent months, the EU has been embroiled in the Qatargate corruption scandal, with Belgian police arresting Socialist MEP Eva Kaili and others for allegedly taking over €1.5 million in bribes, which were found stuffed in paper bags and suitcases. Since then, Socialist MEP Marc Tarabella has also been arrested on corruption and bribery charges, with police conducting additional raids at other locations as well.

Szijjártó said that corruption is not the only issue, but that decisions taken by the EU legislature were “mostly harmful to Europe.”

“Everyone is well aware that the vicinity of the war causes many problems and challenges here in Europe. It is also clear that the same negative impacts are not present several thousand kilometers or an ocean away, but we here in Europe are constantly faced with these challenges.”

Szijjártó accused the European Union’s sanctions on Russia of having a crippling effect on the European economy while doing virtually nothing to Russia.

“The sanctions have failed,” Szijjártó said, adding that European countries’ weapons shipments to Ukraine only serve to prolong the war.

“Today, this is a regional war with global impact, and we must prevent it from becoming a global war,” he told listeners. “Stepping out from the trans-Atlantic bubble, it is very obvious that the voices in favor of peace and the desire for peace are much louder than the mainstream liberal media in the trans-Atlantic world would have us believe.”

Szijjártó predicted that the 10th sanctions package being deliberated by the European Union would also fail, pointing out that Hungary would not support any sanctions on the export of Russian nuclear fuel.

“Any restrictive measure regarding nuclear energy would endanger the security of the Hungarian energy supply. Today, in Hungary, the (Russian-built) Paks nuclear plant provides half of Hungary’s electricity and one-third of its total energy needs. Should the Paks nuclear plant become inoperable because of a ban on nuclear fuels, the country’s energy supply would become impossible,” Szijjártó said.

The Hungarian foreign minister also reacted to recent remarks made by his Slovakian counterpart, Rastislav Kácer, who accused Hungary of planning to reclaim former territory now a part of Slovakia should Russia win the war.

He called the comments “a political construct” that fit well into the series of statements made by Europe’s liberal mainstream designed to isolate his country.

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