Gergely Gulyás, Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said Brussels is trying to put pressure on central Europe but it should “seriously rethink its attitude” to the region.
In an interview published by Polish conservative weekly Sieci, the minister said Poland and Hungary have borne the brunt of “attacks” by EU institutions. But more recently Slovenia and Austria have also become targets because “Brussels bureaucrats can’t tolerate someone being different from them”. “In that sense Brussels is the capital of illiberalism,” he added. “Brussels is interfering with Hungary’s domestic affairs at an unprecedented level”.
“The EU fails to recognize that this part of Europe is different from the West … and they prefer risking the EU’s stability to adopting a flexible stance,” he said. He accused Brussels of being “unable to tolerate even the slightest difference in opinion” and making the law “subservient to politics, which is well known to us from the time of the Soviet Union”.