Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó describes the European Parliament as one of the most corrupt organizations in the world. In his opinion, the European Parliament’s resolutions have generally only done harm to the whole of Europe.
The European Parliament is one of the most corrupt organizations in the world, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations Péter Szijjártó told radio Kossuth. He explained:
“I can remember very few statements and resolutions by the European Parliament that would help Europe. <...> The European Parliament’s resolutions have generally done harm to Europe.”
According to the diplomat, the corruption scandals have reduced the credibility of the European Parliament “almost to zero”, which shows the nature of the organization. In addition, Szijjártó reiterated Budapest’s official position on Ukraine, according to which Hungary opposes anti-Russian energy sanctions, does not supply arms to Kiev and insists on a ceasefire and peace talks.
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On 11 February Hungarian President Katalin Novák said the European Union had been weakened over the past ten years. Among other things, she pointed out that the defense capacities of European countries were weakened and that a double dependency on US and Russian support for energy supplies had developed.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had already spoken out in favor of reforming the European Parliament in the wake of the corruption scandal and proposed dissolving the existing parliament and forming a new one from national MPs. The politician also called for “draining the swamp of corruption” in the EU and hinted that “threads” from the scandal surrounding the arrest of the Vice-President of the European Parliament could lead upwards.
At the beginning of December last year, police and Belgian prosecutors in Brussels, the seat of the European Parliament, carried out several arrests and searches as part of investigations into suspected corruption in connection with the soccer World Cup in Qatar. In particular, the police took into custody the Deputy Speaker of the European Parliament, the Greek politician Eva Kaili, and her partner. Your home has been searched.
Orbán ironically commented on her arrest, recalling that Hungary is said to be denied EU funds due to allegations of corruption.
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