This was just too good to pass-over, not only Orban’s straight defiance, but also the comical response by Politico in (parentheses).
– “Sorry, this is a complete nonsense,” Orbán wrote in response to the EPP’s statement that “the absence of European symbols on official buildings [in Hungary] and those of the party is striking, and, in part, a sign that FIDESZ does not share the same European commitment as other EPP member parties.” (The absence of EU symbols, how deep.) 👻 🙄
– Asked if his party is “prepared to cease campaigning against European institutions, as has happened in the past, refrain from putting the EPP in a negative light and from personally attacking the EPP’s leadership in speech and articles,” Orbán wrote that “we reserve our right to openly criticize any institution of the European Union, the EPP, as well as their leaders whenever we disagree.”
“We criticize the European Commission for it has pursued a political role in the last 5 year[s],” he added.
– But this exchange was the highlight, particularly the response (reach) by Politico that followed: Responding to a question on how he would improve the fight against corruption given Hungary’s poor performance in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, Orbán defended the government’s record on following up on corruption cases.
“Transparency International is an organization funded by [Hungarian-American businessman George] Soros. It is obviously biased and motivated politically,” the prime minister wrote. “We do not take their report into consideration.”
Politico 👉 (Transparency International has received funding from a wide variety of organizations, which include Soros’ Open Society Foundation but also governmental agencies, the United Nations, and the European Commission.)
* C’mon Politico. While admitting the organization was funded by Soros and OSF, Politico actually tried to buffer this by suggesting that government agencies, the UN and EU Commission also funded it…as if the UN and EU Commission are just idle bystanders without a politically-motivated agenda. 🤨
Obviously, Politico is quite “politically motivated” itself. Just look who wrote this article.