We must grab this historic opportunity to create a Europe of nations
“In this ‘critical moment’, Jobbik initiates a five-party discussion this summer on the future of the EU, more specifically, the renegotiation of the EU treaties,” said Jobbik MP Márton Gyöngyösi in his press conference held in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Wednesday. Jobbik’s president Gábor Vona is going to contact the faction leaders of the parliamentary forces to agree on a date and venue for the five-party discussion. Referring to Fidesz’ double talk on EU membership, the foreign policy specialist noted that some government members kept emphasizing the importance of being in the Union while other well-known public figures advocated Huxit. In Gyöngyösi’s view, this matter requires a much more responsible attitude.
The perpetual dilemma
In Jobbik’s evaluation, after the UK has left the European Union, the EU’s institutions and member states are increasingly divided over the perpetual dilemma whether the Union should move towards a federal model or national sovereignties. Jobbik believes that the post-Brexit situation gave rise to a great opportunity, a historic chance for the ‘federal Europe’ concept to be replaced by a Europe based on the sovereignty of nations.
Gyöngyösi added that this change also required a change of personnel: Europe and the member states need a new, 21st century political leadership instead of the elite carried over from the 20th century.
In the party’s view, the EU’s institutional structure, which is based the current treaties, has failed: it cannot meet social, economic, financial or demographic challenges, either. Jobbik attributes this failure to the fact that the EU treaties envision and implement a federal Union, while experience shows that it is not the right way. In the opinion of the EU-realist party, it is time for the remaining 27 EU member states to sit down to the negotiation table as equal partners and reconsider the EU’s legal and practical operation together. Gyöngyösi added another reason why the issue was to be reviewed: the joint forum of member states and national governments, i.e., the European Council had been greatly devalued after the Lisbon Treaty and had been subordinated to the European Commission and the European Parliament. Jobbik believes this situation should be reversed: the European Commission and the European Parliament should be subordinated to the member states and national governments, and given coordination powers at most.
Referring to Fidesz’ double talk on EU membership, the foreign policy specialist of the people’s party noted that some government members kept emphasizing the importance of being in the Union while other well-known public figures advocated Huxit. In Gyöngyösi’s view, this matter requires a much more responsible attitude.
It is irresponsible to give up before the finish line
As it is known, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár said that he could not heartily vote for remaining in the EU. If there was a referendum on the matter, he would either stay home or vote NO. Government spokesman Zoltán Kovács has expressed a similar position recently. On the other hand, Speaker of the Parliament László Kövér said life would be harder for Hungary outside the EU. So alfahir.hu asked a very clear question: If a referendum was held next Sunday, would Jobbik vote for Huxit or not?
In his response, Gyöngyösi noted that Jobbik had already expressed clearly and firmly after Brexit that any responsible political force must sense it was a historic moment for the European Union. According to the people’s party in opposition, Hungary must grab this historic opportunity to help the EU to turn from a federal Union into a Europe of Nations. Gyöngyösi also said that there was a good chance to accomplish this goal as international trends showed that 20th-century parties were being replaced by 21st-century ones all over Europe.
“At this moment, the only responsible act is to stay in the EU so that we could attempt to reform the Union in line with the national interests,” emphasized Márton Gyöngyösi. He added that the behaviour shown by János Lázár and Zoltán Kovács as well as Fidesz’ double talk feeding insecurity is nothing short of utter irresponsibility in this critical moment. Especially so, because Fidesz has always toed the EU’s line either in government or in opposition, going so far as to sign EU contracts blindly, therefore Fidesz has a certain responsibility in getting the European Union into its current thankless state.
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