Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch told public radio that great forces have been mobilized to prevent Hungary from receiving a single euro cent. “Brussels’s denying Hungary access to community funding is illegitimate,” he said.
According to MTI, Deutsch said the Hungarian government was open to talks, but added that “there are red lines that we won’t cross no matter how strong the pressure.” The MEP said illegal migration and the Hungarian government’s commitment “to stop the gender ideology madness” were such subjects. Deutsch insisted that the European Left was seeking to “forcefully overwrite” the decision of Hungarian voters, who had “supported a patriotic, sovereignty policy with a large majority in subsequent democratic elections.” Referring to recent remarks by Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, Deutsch said she had “admitted” that the funds had been withheld “because Hungary would not reject illegal migration and the gender ideology madness.” “It has been clear for years, that those are the real causes and there is nothing wrong with the rule of law… Withholding the funds is political blackmail,” he said. Deutsch said the upcoming EP elections could bring about a new era, adding that “we must oust Brussels bureaucrats whose power comes from political blackmail.”