Hungary desires the European Parliament to be dissolved

BRUSSELS – The newest corruption scandal within the European Parliament (EP) is an indication that the EU establishment must be abolished in its present kind.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated that on Wednesday. He added that the EP already had a horrible status.

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Orban’s remarks got here after Eva Kaili, a Greek politician who served as one of many vice-presidents of the European Parliament, was arrested and charged this month with corruption for accepting bribes from Qatar.

“Hungarians would like the dissolution of the European Parliament in its current form,” he instructed a information convention in Budapest.

Orban argued that the scandal “draws attention to the fact that national parliaments have a stronger control system in place”, including that lawmakers from member states’ parliaments must be delegated to the European Parliament, versus being elected individually.
“And they obviously know our political position: the swamp must be drained,” the prime minister stated.

Budapest has repeatedly clashed with the European Parliament and different EU establishments on a lot of points, together with migration and LGBT rights. Brussels, in flip, accused Orban’s conservative authorities of undermining the rule of regulation at residence.

Hungary, whose financial system is closely depending on Russian power imports, has additionally criticized EU sanctions towards Moscow in response to the army operation in Ukraine, which started in late February. In contrast to most of the bloc’s member states, Orban has refused to ship weapons to Kyiv.

“If it were up to us, there would be no sanctions policy,” Orban stated on Wednesday. “It is not in our interest to permanently split the European and Russian economies in two, so we are trying to salvage what can be salvaged from our economic cooperation with the Russians.”

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