Orbán meets with Marine Le Pen in Budapest


Marine Le Pen and Viktor Orbán

Photo: MTI/Prime Minister's Press Office/Zoltán Fischer

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with the French politician Marine Le Pen, the head of the National Rally, in his office in the Castle District on Tuesday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

At a joint press conference after the meeting, Orbán said the European Commission has shifted from being the guardian of the treaties to becoming its ideological center. Poland and Hungary experience this "Brezhnev Doctrine updated for the European Union on a daily basis", he claimed.

Though conceding that Soviet tanks are a "more brutal form of intervention" than a rule-of-law procedure, he said the latter "remains a form of intervention".

He said the sides established at the talks that ideological pressure is being applied in the EU to an unprecedented degree as the promotion of migration and an open society reaches a scale never before matched.

He added that Europe's right-wing is in need of a renewal, and Hungary's governing Fidesz is interested in seeing a political regrouping.

Le Pen said all nations have the right to their constitutional identity and the EU may only exercise powers conferred by member states.

She said that migration must be managed in an appropriate manner and the issue may not be used against member states. "European peoples must decide who to let in," she added and urged Hungarians "to persevere".

Last week, European Parliament President David Sassoli said he asked the EP's legal service to prepare a lawsuit against the European Commission for its failure to apply a conditionality mechanism that would penalize European Union member states for rule-of-law violations that affect the management of EU funding.

"EU Member States that violate the rule of law should not receive EU funds. Last year, Parliament fought hard for a mechanism to ensure this. However, so far the European Commission has been reluctant to use it," Sassoli said after meeting EP political group leaders last Wednesday.

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