“We always implement the judgments of the European Court – whether we see them as right or wrong, professionally valid or unhealthy, smart or perhaps absurd. Viktor Orban has not soured his relations with the European Union following the condemnation of Hungary in the case of the University of Central Europe, promoted by his political enemy, billionaire George Soros.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in a judgment of 6 October that the Hungarian law subjecting the establishment of foreign universities to new requirements contravened Hungary’s international commitments aimed at guaranteeing academic freedom and free enterprise. Like Poland when it was condemned by the CJEU on the independence of its judicial system, Viktor Orban does not go into conflict. “This will not pose much difficulty, he believes, because there are a number of legal solutions that will satisfy the decision of the European Court – although we need answers to some questions that have not yet been answered. clarified. This means that the dialogue will continue. “
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“Vera Jourova is the representative of George Soros”
On the other hand, the strong man of Budapest has not relaxed the pressure against European Commissioner Vera Jourova, in charge of Values. In a letter to Ursula von der Leyen, Orban called for her resignation. The President of the Commission has not yet replied to her letter, but has indicated that she fully supports Commissioner Jourova in her mission to defend respect for the rule of law.
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Vera Jourova had judged that in its current state, the Hungarian regime is “a sick democracy” to the point that the Hungarian people are not in a position to form a free opinion. It is this last element which infuriated the Hungarian leader, for whom Commissioner Jourova insulted the Hungarian people. He put a layer back on Hir TV on October 7. “The fact that Mrs. Jourova is a must-have for George Soros – or, to put it even more strongly, that he makes her eaten out of the palm of his hand – is something everyone knows and we have known from the start , he attacked. Vera Jourova is therefore George Soros’ representative at the European Commission. She does not represent Czechia; she does not represent the Czechs; she does not represent Europeans and she does not even represent the Commission. She represents George Soros. This is the situation; it is European policy. One should not be offended, but one should not remain silent about it either. The Hungarian press often evokes this photo where Mrs. Jourova receives George Soros. But such a cliché also exists between Soros and Sebastian Kurz and does not mean that the Austrian chancellor endorses the activism of the Hungarian billionaire on the reception of migrants. Far from there !
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Brussels compared to the Soviet army
More generally, Viktor Orban describes Brussels as a supplementary force to the European left which would set itself the task of overthrowing right-wing governments. He draws a parallel between the Commission and the Soviet troops who ran to the aid of the Communist regimes when they were challenged from within. “It was internationalist aid when Russian troops – forgive me, Soviet troops – were brought here to defend the Communists,” he explains. Today the situation is the same: the Hungarian left is weak and the people are more against it than against it – and he himself is against the people, but that is another matter. At this point, international troops are deployed and internationalist assistance is provided to help the left enter government. This is what the attacks on Hungary are aimed at. “
A funny reading of events: Mrs von der Leyen, who heads the Commission, comes from the EPP, the center-right party of which Mr Orban is also a member (but in disgrace). We do not understand Viktor Orban if we ignore his reading grid: everything that is outside his opinion is decked out with the label “communist”. So with him, the left at large includes the “wacky liberals” and part of its own EPP political family. As if, having fought communism in his youth, he could no longer designate his political opponents, whoever they are, except under this label.
A battle for control of European funds
The fight for respect for the rule of law is redoubling today, because the European leaders agreed in July to make it a condition for the payment of European funds. Not reaching a unanimous wording, the 27 stuck to a general wording while waiting for a more precise mechanism to be adopted this fall. Viktor Orban, like his Polish ally, wants to stick to a minimum reading which would condition the payment of European funds to their proper use (without fraud, of course). Pressure from frugal countries – led by the Dutchman Mark Rutte – and from the European Parliament to extend the scope of this clause to general respect for the rule of law (freedom of the press, independence of the judiciary, balance of powers…) is exercised directly on the shoulders of Viktor Orban, who reacts strongly. European funds are essential for the economic health of Hungary.
The Hungarian leader therefore sings the verse of the “small country” mistreated unlike the big ones, which we would not dare to touch. ” She [Vera Jourova, NDLR] crossed a red line, he proclaimed on October 4 on radio Kossuth. A leader of the European Union must not speak disrespectfully of the citizens of any EU member state, including Hungarians. If she had said the same thing about France or Germany, she would have been fired on the spot. The only reason she was not made redundant is that it can be done for small countries and Hungarians. But we must not accept this. We want equal treatment. Just as the Germans or the French cannot be insulted with impunity, neither should we. We shouldn’t have to put up with more than they just because they’re taller than us. “
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Such remarks speak deeply to the Hungarian public opinion, which has not forgotten the Treaty of Trianon of 1920, which dislocated Austro-Hungarian Hungary. The Magyars were denied the right to self-determination of peoples, so that a third of the population was placed under foreign rule. This year should have seen, according to Viktor Orban’s wishes, the grandiose commemoration of the centenary of this historical trauma. The Covid-19 reduced the wings of the event last June.