“No democratic deficit”. It is with the strategy of denying the accusations, addressed weekly in Budapest by the European Commission and systematically returned to the sender by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, that the Hungarian executive this time evokes the specter of an extreme possibility, which begins to take shape like a nightmare. In fact, Hungary had never so clearly revealed the consequences of a love that has almost come to an end: what it has so far held together in the same continental home, the EU, countries with different visions of contemporaneity.
“The question – explains Finance Minister Mihály Varga in a TV interview – could take on a new perspective when we expect to become net contributors to the Union”, that is by 2030. Stop. Little more than a telegram, taken up yesterday by the agencies to clarify that the day is not far off when Hungary will be among the countries that pay more money to the common budget of the Old Continent than they receive. And at that point, Orbán’s No. 2 insists, a love mainly driven by the desire to revive national economies through the Recovery Community funds could end up with a slamming door. And with no return home to Budapest.
Of course, this is a last resort. But the farewell hypothesis is even more plausible, the Hungarian minister repeats, “if the attacks in Brussels continue on choices of values”. Because so far, among the issues that have ignited the “Ukrainian question” and exacerbated the dispute, there has been above all that of LGBT rights; according to Brussels far from respected by the Orbán government. And for which an infringement procedure has been opened against Hungary.
The Hungarian premier was furious. He accused the EU Commission of “pressure” and “double standards”. On Facebook he launched a referendum on the rule that prohibits the promotion of homosexuality towards minors, systematically defining the Brussels action as “pure legal banditry”. According to the premier, the Commission does not have any competence in this matter, and nevertheless “it wants to force us to let LGBT activists enter the schools while the education of children in matters of sexuality is the exclusive competence of the parents”.
After the referendum was launched, nearly 30,000 people took to the streets to demonstrate against the Hungarian. The Minister of Justice, Judit Varga, also intervened yesterday to denounce “the abuse of power by the Commission” and accusations based on “biased” sources. But respect for homosexual rights is only the latest battleground. Already at the beginning of July, the Commission had in fact suspended the procedures for the approval of the Hungarian NRR, postponed to the end of September. The document needed to have access to EU money for the post-Covid relaunch had to be approved within last month, but the Commission froze the funds, expressing strong doubts about the widespread corruption in the upper echelons of Budapest. In the last 48 hours there has been a blow under the belt: «Exit the EU? If there were such a question now, I would be among those voting Yes “, is the version of Finance Minister Varga, who hypothesizes to reconsider EU membership, except to lighten:” Let’s get back to it in a few years … ” . Since the beginning of the battle of actions and declarations, the Orbán executive is no longer going for the subtle. Although the current EU presidency is today owned by a faithful ally like Janez Jana, or perhaps also for this reason, the Hungarian executive maintains that in Hungary a “genuine pluralism” prevails in the media and seeks room for maneuver by threatening the “Huxit”. By “the end of the decade”.