‘We want to change the politics of Brussels’ – Orban launches attack on ‘EU nation’

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Following the meeting they issued a joint statement which is unlikely to please either the European Commission or the EU’s Parliament. In a strong declaration they said: “The participants of the conference share a common and deep conviction, that the EU is made up of free and equal nation states, bound by numerous areas of close cooperation. We share this conviction with many millions of citizens across EU Member States.”

They went on to reject the idea of an EU ‘superstate’, declaring their intention “to put a stop to the disturbing idea of creating a Europe governed by a self-appointed elite.”

In Warsaw he was sitting down with Marine Le Pen from France, Mateusz Morawiecki from Poland, and other leaders of political parties who are traditionally opposed to many EU policies.

Their intention was to find common cause in fighting the moves from the European Commission in Brussels towards a single superstate.

“We want to change the politics of Brussels.”

Viktor Orban, Sat 04 Dec 2021

In a Facebook post ahead of the meeting, Hungary’s combative Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced “We want to change the politics of Brussels.”

And a joint statement released after the summit also pulls few punches. It states that European institutions “cannot become a tool of social engineering aiming at creating a new ‘European nation’”.

It added: “Examples of such social engineering could be, among other things, the attempts to ideologically alter our languages in a way which will detach a human being from their culture and heritage, like the recent decision of the European Commission to remove the word “Christmas” from the public sphere.

“Such a concept of the nation has never existed, does not exist today nor can it exist in the future.”

Reaction from Brussels commentators has focused mainly on the specific issue of whether there will be a re-alignment of the political groupings in the European Parliament as a result of the summit. 

Right-wing political parties across the EU share some of the same values but they differ when it comes to specific policies. In particular the attitude towards Russia is a major issue, with some political leaders such as Marine Le Pen seeking closer relations and others wanting a more robust and distanced response.

Political alignment within the European Parliament is seen as important, as it affects funding as well as the amount of time given to MEPs to speak. The rules favours larger groupings, which is why Nigel Farage was often allowed only 60 seconds to speak in major debates.

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Those meeting in Warsaw on Saturday, however, appeared to be more engaged with the overall direction the EU is taking, a continuation of the common approach they announced in the summer.

On July 02 this year they issued another joint statement attacking the EU.

“The EU is becoming more and more a tool of radical forces that would like to carry out a cultural, religious transformation and ultimately a nationless construction of Europe, aiming to create of a European Superstate, destruct or cancel of European tradition, transform of basic social institutions and moral principles.”

They continued: “We are convinced that the cooperation of European nations should be based on tradition, respect for the culture and history of European states, respect for Europe’s Judeo-Christian heritage and the common values that unite our nations, and not on their destruction.”

“We reaffirm our belief that family is the basic unit of our nations. In a time when Europe is facing a serious demographic crisis with low birth rates and ageing population, pro-family policy making should be an answer instead of mass immigration.”

The clash of right-wing polical parties across Europe and the EU institutions looks set to become more severe.  As the European Commission continues its legal actions against countries such as Poland and Hungary, the pressure is increasing on EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

There are also fears that the latest offensive from the political leaders of the member countries represented in yesterday’s summit will only intensify the conflict.

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