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May 30, 2019

Hungary not supporting Weber or Timmermans, says spokesman

Zoltán Kovács said Weber had repeatedly offended Hungarians over the past few months while Timmermans “has been in effect lying non-stop” about Hungary during the EP election campaign.

International Spokesman Zoltán Kovács has said that Hungary neither supports the European People’s Party’s candidate Manfred Weber, nor the Socialists’ candidate Frans Timmermans for the position of the new head of the European Commission.

Kovács highlighted that Hungary’s ruling Fidesz won the EP elections with a record result, meaning that at this Tuesday’s EU summit Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had an even stronger mandate to represent the interests of the country and its voters.

The Secretary of State said the main reasons for rejecting these two candidates are that Weber had repeatedly offended Hungarians over the past few months while Timmermans “has been in effect lying non-stop” about Hungary during the EP election campaign.

Kovács added that in March Weber said he did not want to be Commission President with the help of Hungarian votes while last December he said that he voted not against Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, nor the Hungarian government, but against Hungary during the debate of the Sargentini-report.

“The above have disqualified Manfred Weber from getting Hungary’s support in any contest among candidates,” Kovács said.

With regard to Timmermans, he said that he could quote “pages and pages” of lies the Dutch politician said about Hungary regarding among other things freedom of the press, rule of the law or anti-Semitism, as if they were true.

Hungary can only support candidates who respect member states, do not apply double standards, are intent on halting migration and defend Europe’s Christian roots, Kovács concluded.

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