“Under the current circumstances it would be impossible today for Hungary to join the European Union”

by Guy Verhofstadt

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Guy Verhofstadt, President of the ALDE Group

“Dear Colleagues, Mr. Prime Minister,

I will not go so far as the late John McCain who called you — on the Senate floor — “a neofascist in bed with Putin”. And I also won’t come back to all the violations of the rule of law as listed in this report on Hungary. The inconvenient truth is, that under the current circumstances it would be impossible today for Hungary to join the European Union.

My intervention is directed today towards our colleagues, especially in the EPP. Because they have to vote on the report, not you Mr. Orbàn. I ask them to follow their conscience. I know it’s not easy to distance yourself from someone who is in the same political family for twenty year.

  • And that is my first point: I know what I am talking about. I had to push Mr. Jorg Haider of the FPÖ out of the liberal family once. I did it because it makes sense to sacrifice size for principle.
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Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s Prime Minister

So I want to plead with you, my Christian-democratic colleagues: the way Schuman saw Christianity is exactly the opposite of the divisive, narrow, destructive vision of Orbán. Dear collegues, don’t you see that he is the seed of discord that will ultimately destroy our beautiful European project. Please stop this nightmare!”

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