Prime Minister Ruther’s statement that Hungary should leave the European Union caused an angry reaction from the Hungarian Minister of Justice. Judit Varga wrote on social media that Hungary is not interested in leaving the EU, but hopes to save the EU from “hypocrites.” She described Rutte’s words as political blackmail.
Hungary has disputes with most countries in the European Union over a recently passed law banning youth education about homosexuality and gender redistribution. The performance of LGBT people, such as in advertisements and movies, is also restricted in the country. Hungarian Prime Minister Orban defended the law by declaring that children must be protected.
“They have nothing to do with me in the EU,” the outgoing Prime Minister Rutte said today when he arrived at the EU summit in Brussels. He said of the controversial law: “Gay rights are now equated to pedophilia, which is too bad. It is too scary. If you think about it, you will go back a hundred years ago. The worst thing is, He is still able to become more popular in his own country, where he can completely control the media.”
According to Hungarian Minister Varga, Rutte spoke “with the arrogant voice of old colonialism”. “As long as I am alive, I will fight so that the Hungarians will never have to kneel in front of Rutte or any other colonists.”
The Prime Minister of Hungary insisted that the legislation was not aimed at homosexuals. In his own words, he is certainly not anti-gay: “I am a freedom fighter. During the communist period, I fought for gay rights,” Orban said when he arrived at the summit.
According to sources in Brussels, Rutte challenged Orban during consultations with other EU leaders tonight, demanding that the process of exiting the EU be initiated. He referred to Article 50 that Britain used to make Brexit possible. “Article 50 exists for a reason,” Rutte reportedly told the Hungarian Prime Minister.
Rutte also seems to think that Hungary itself is unlikely to leave. “Orban was shameless, so he continued to do this,” Rutte said earlier in the day.
Hungary has had conflicts with other EU countries before, but the current conflicts are shocking. “I have never experienced such a hard time,” said the Brussels journalist Sander van Hoorn.
He thinks Orbán has not slowed down. “But I think this is the EU’s life-saving straw. To Hungary’s barrel of disappointment, the country seems to be training, blockade and sabotage as much as possible. They are now done,” Van Horn said. “It made the game tonight very difficult.”
He predicted that the anger of government leaders also spread to the European Commission. “They can’t expel Hungary from the EU, but you can use money flows to combat it. I look forward to action by the European Commission. If they have any questions about this, government leaders once again call on them: make sure they are in Hungary. Financially.”