Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has not remained silent in the face of the corruption scandal hitting the European Parliament, which is always quick to denounce what he considers to be attacks on the rule of law by Budapest.
“Hello to the European Parliament!” : Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban made a mocking tweet on December 12, ironically about the vast corruption scandal affecting the European Parliament with a same of a 1981 photo of former U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush laughing out loud, saying, “And there they said they were very concerned about corruption in Hungary.”
This spade from the Hungarian leader comes as Budapest is under threat of the freezing of several billion euros in European Union (EU) funds, due to reforms deemed insufficient against corruption.
Parliament is on the front line in this matter and regularly calls on the Commission to be firm. In this context, Brussels maintained on December 9 its recommendation to block 7.5 billion. It is up to the Member States to decide before December 19 to validate this proposal, reject it or modify the amount.
The European executive, which until a few weeks ago seemed to favor a conciliatory approach towards Hungary, gave way under “enormous political pressure” from the Strasbourg Parliament and recently judged Budapest, which therefore rejoiced at the news of the weekend.
The vice-president of the institution, the Greek socialist Eva Kaili, was charged with “corruption” and imprisoned in Brussels on December 11 in the investigation of a Belgian judge relating to large payments allegedly made by Qatar for influence decisions.
“In summary, the Progressive Alliance group has been fabricating lies about corruption in Hungary for years, and now their figurehead […] is involved in the biggest scandal in the history of the EU”, commented on Twitter Balazs Hidveghi, an MEP from Viktor Orban’s party. “A fine example of hypocrisy,” he castigated.
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