Several Hungarian MEPs addressed the European Parliament’s Wednesday session, which focussed on Hungary in the presence of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Socialist MEP Csaba Tabajdi said that it was the policy of Orban’s government and not the European Union, as the government claims, that was “punishing the Hungarian nation”.
Jozsef Szajer of the ruling Fidesz party stressed that Hungary is a European democracy.
Speaking on behalf of the Conservatives and Reformists Group, Lajos Bokros said that “the rule of law had been exposed to carpet bombing” in Hungary.
Krisztina Morvai of the radical nationalist Jobbik said it is not Hungary that should be blamed for the failure of the European Union “which had passed decisions that caused massive unemployment, poverty and suffering in Europe”.
Kinga Goncz of the Socialists said the critical remarks were targeted at the prime minister’s policy rather than at the country as a whole.
Andras Gyurk, head of the Fidesz delegation, concluded that the European left wing sought to “continue its campaign of slander” which he said would only reinforce the extremist parties.