Gyöngyösi: If you can’t even do symbolic politics, what can you?

Addressing the issue of Turkey’s intervention in northern Syria, Jobbik’s executive vice president Márton Gyöngyösi talked about the EU’s lack of unity at the EP meeting in Strasbourg. We made a telephone interview with Márton Gyöngyösi. Jobbik’s MEP says it’s a bad omen that the EU hardly has anything to say about Turkey’s military campaign in Syria.

“I always tell my fellow politicians that symbolic politics cannot be considered the pinnacle of political activism but if you can’t even make a stance in symbolic issues, what can you actually do?” asked Mr Gyöngyösi. According to the politician, it is especially disheartening that Viktor Orbán’s self-serving harangues and promises to the Turkic Council had a significant role in paralyzing the EU. “The European Union was created to bring peace and security to our continent while also strengthening the voice of its member states. Unfortunately, the events of the past few days brought a failure in those two areas: we will have to bear the security risks of the Syrian campaign, be it migration or intensified terrorist activities. Besides, the EU didn’t do its homework and failed to efficiently represent the interests of its nations,” Mr Gyöngyösi noted.

The politician says Turkey’s security concerns are undoubtedly important and understandable but violence and military intervention can hardly be the real solution. However, this is not the only recent disconcerting event with regard to the European Union. Jobbik’s MEP said he was saddened by France’s veto of beginning the accession talks with Albania and Northern Macedonia.

“For several years, there have been complaints of Russia’s increasing influence in the Balkans and the spreading Muslim fundamentalism. Instead of offering a helping hand to the region however, Europe decided to give huge slaps in the face of two countries that are obviously not yet ready for EU membership but demonstrate significant efforts to meet the expectations. After all that, how can we tell Northern Macedonia, which was even willing to change its name, to turn toward Europe rather than the east?” Jobbik’s executive vice president pointed out.

“Europe’s task is to stand up for its nations and apply active and concrete measures in its diplomacy to achieve this goal,” Mr Gyöngyösi underlined.


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