Orbán, Le Pen reject European superstate, EU’s ideological agenda

French National Assembly leader Marine Le Pen (L) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (R) meet in Budapest on October 26, 2021. (Magyar Hírlap/Tamás Purger)
By Dénes Albert
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The European Commission has gone from being the guardian of the treaties to an ideological movement, and Poland and Hungary are experiencing a modernized, EU form of the Brezhnev doctrine on a daily basis, said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at a joint conference with visiting French National Rally party leader Marine Le Pen.

Viktor Orbán said that it was sadly stated at the meeting between him and Le Pen that ideological pressure within the European Union had reached “unprecedented proportions.”

“Migration and the promotion of an open society have reached unprecedented proportions, and the European Commission has evolved from a guardian of the treaties to an ideological center,” he added.

The Brezhnev doctrine of the Soviet sphere of influence meant that if a member state deviated from the centrally determined ideology, the other members of the socialist camp became entitled to intervene in the internal affairs of the state concerned. Orbán said there is little difference between the EU policy and the Soviet Union’s in this regard .

“There were several attempts to ‘crucify’ in the European Parliament in recent years,” Orbán said. He thanked Le Pen for the fact that every time Hungary was unjustly attacked in the European Parliament, she and her party always stood by Hungary.

He said the Budapest meeting of the two politicians has shown that they were facing major challenges, that the EU’s competitiveness in the global economy was declining and that it did not have sufficient political influence and strength in the international arena. He stressed that they could not solve the migratory pressure on the union, also pointing out that the EU was unable to effectively stop the increase of energy prices.

Orbán stated that he was also opposed to the creation of any kind of “European superstate.” The Hungarian leader has long pushed back against centralization of power in Brussels, warning that it would be the end of national sovereignty.

At the press conference, Le Pen said Hungary has successfully defended itself and its culture on the issue of migration.

The conservative French politician underlined that nations have a right to a constitutional identity, and the European Union can only exercise powers that the member states have delegated to it. She emphasized that migration had to be handled properly and that the issue of immigration could not be allowed to be used against member states.

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