Viktor Orbán says euro, EU common market at risk

July 12, 2016

Brüsszel, 2016. június 29. A Miniszterelnöki Sajtóiroda által közreadott képen Orbán Viktor miniszterelnök (b) sajtótájékoztatót tart az Európai Unió brüsszeli csúcstalálkozójának második napján, 2016. június 29-én. Mellette Havasi Bertalan, a Miniszterelnöki Sajtóiroda vezetõje. MTI Fotó: Miniszterelnöki Sajtóiroda/Szecsõdi Balázs
Viktor Orbán is rallying against the European Commission

In an opinion article published in German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán blames the European Commission for the crisis engulfing the European Union.

According to Orbán, the outcome of the UK referendum on Brexit is a prime example of the Commission’s failure. He goes on to call on member countries of the EU to take back power from Brussels.

“We must put an end to idealizing the European plan,” writes Orbán.

He was confident Britain would carve out its future after its June 23 referendum vote to leave the EU.

“I’m not worried about the Brits, as we are talking about the most experienced democracy in Europe,” wrote Orbán.  “We should instead worry about ourselves,” he added.

Common currency in danger

“The main reason for the crisis [in Europe] and uncertainty is that . . . the two biggest European achievements are at risk: the common currency and the internal market secured by Schengen,” Orbán wrote.

Hungary, on the other hand, helped protect the European model and way of life by closing its borders in 2015, he added.

Lamenting what he said were doubts among a growing number of EU citizens about the project, Orbán said the bloc needed to do more to engage people in tackling crises.

“We need every person, every nation, every member state. Institutions can’t make up for that. They need to help and coordinate, but not push the member states into the background,” he said in an apparent dig at the European Commission.