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Apr 03, 2020

PM Orbán hits back at statement signed by 13 EU member states criticizing Hungary's rule of law

“I can hardly imagine any of us having time for fantasies about the intentions of other countries. This seems to me a costly luxury these days,” the prime minister wrote.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has hit back at a statement signed by 13 EU member states accusing Hungary of violating the rule of law with its coronavirus state of emergency measures.

The prime minister responded in a fresh musing today, addressed to the Secretary General of the EPP, where he wrote that “our world is definitely upside down. We, prime ministers and party leaders all around the world are concentrating our energy on making effective and timely decisions in order to save the lives and protect the health of our citizens.”

“I can hardly imagine any of us having time for fantasies about the intentions of other countries. This seems to me a costly luxury these days,” he added.

The prime minister goes on to state that he will only be willing to entertain such notions once the pandemic is over. “Until then, I am devoting all my time exclusively to trying to save the lives of the Hungarian people, and preparing for the social and economic recovery of the country.”

PM Orbán’s response comes after 13 EU countries issued a joint statement on Wednesday saying they were “deeply concerned about the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights” arising from “certain emergency measures” during the coronavirus crisis.

Here's the letter in full: