Viktor Orbán (on June 9th): Attack on the European Parliament on National Independence Day
Photo: BERNADETT SZABO / REUTERS
An anti-gay censorship law, the demand for a stop of all immigration, now the attack on an EU organ: Hungary's right-wing national prime minister Viktor Orbán has tightened his confrontation course against Europe again within a few days.
In a speech in Budapest on Saturday Orbàn announced that he wanted to limit the power of the EU Parliament.
The national parliaments of the EU states should be given the right to stop legislative processes in the EU parliament if, in their opinion, they could violate national areas of competence, Orbán demanded in the speech.
"The EU Parliament has proven to be a dead end when it comes to criteria for European democracy," said Orbán.
According to the model of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the national parliaments should, in his opinion, be allowed to send representatives to the EU Parliament.
The head of government spoke on the occasion of the »Independence Day«, on which the Hungarians celebrate the departure of the last Soviet soldier on June 19, 1991.
Relations between the EU and Hungary under Orbán are badly damaged.
The EU is under Article 7 proceedings against the country because of deficits in the rule of law. The government in Budapest is also defending itself before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) against the new Brussels mechanism for reducing EU funds in the event of certain rule-of-law violations.
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