Hungary’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday firmly rejected French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe’s comment made on French television, questioning Hungary’s respect for the EU’s common basic principles, rule of law and democratic values.
“Juppe’s comment is at odds with the traditional friendship between the two countries; neither does it concord with the process of consultations between Hungary and France,” the ministry said in a statement sent to MTI.
The Hungarian government is conducting dialogue with the European institutions and the international organisations to clarify concrete concerns about the constitution and the cardinal laws, it said.
Juppe told French public television on Tuesday that “the situation is problematic in Hungary”.
The French minister told the programme that France had asked the European Commission to take the necessary steps to ensure that fundamental principles and common values of the European Union be respected everywhere, Hungary included.