ER Editor: We’re doing a twofer here, with a piece from the Hungarian government’s outlet first, and one from Sputnik News France.
Orban’s critique of the European Union being so thoroughly ideological, worthy of likeness to the Brezhnev Doctrine, echoes an analysis this week by Alexander Mercouris of The Duran. See More on Poland and the EU: Who’s In the Stronger Position? [VIDEO]
The Brezhnev Doctrine was a Soviet foreign policy that proclaimed any threat to socialist rule in any state of the Soviet bloc in Central and Eastern Europe was a threat to them all, and therefore justified the intervention of fellow socialist states.
And because of this ideological hardening within the EU, which has adversely affected the values of the EU Parliamentary party Orban’s party would naturally belong to, the European People’s Party (EPP), new alliances are having to be built to sustain the opposition from the globalist-minded Left. The second article below deals with the topic of this right-wing regrouping within the EU Parliament, and Orban’s canny approach as to who will be successful on the right of the French political spectrum following elections next spring.
Note Le Pen’s promotion of a Europe of independent nations as opposed to Frexit, a position being strongly advanced by Florian Philippot. See Florian Philippot: “Don’t Count On Me To Do Half Measures” [VIDEO]
See this RT piece we published today for an example of the EU’s strong arm tactics:
Where It Hurts: Poland Must Pay 1 million Euros PER DAY in Rule-of-Law Row with EU
Overall, we have to agree with Orban on the VERY pressing need for renewal of the European right wing. But how long to go before some country simply QUITS?
Orbán-Le Pen Meeting: ‘There is a pressing need for the renewal of the European right wing’
MTI – HUNGARY TODAY
Ideological pressure within the European Union has become unprecedented, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Tuesday, after meeting Marine Le Pen, President of the French National Rally (NR), in his office.
The European Commission has transformed itself from the guardian of the treaties into an ideological centre, with Poland and Hungary experiencing a “modernised form” of the Brezhnev doctrine in the European Union day by day, Orbán told a joint press conference.
“We were sad to establish that ideological pressure within the European Union has become stronger than ever,” he said, adding that migration and advocacy of open society have been promoted to a degree unseen before.
Under the Brezhnev doctrine, if a member state of the Soviet bloc deviated from the centrally determined ideology, the other member states had the right to intervene in its internal affairs, Orbán said.
Of course, a rule-of-law procedure is a lot less brutal than an intervention by Soviet tanks but it is still an intervention, he said. And this is what both Poland and Hungary are experiencing day by day, he said.
Over the past few years the European Parliament has made repeated attempts “to crucify” Hungary, Orbán said, expressing thanks to Le Pen and her party for standing up for Hungary on every occasion when it was exposed to such unfair attacks.
Orbán said they agreed that the EU was facing tough challenges, getting less competitive in the global economy and lacking adequate political influence and strength in the international arena. Nor is it able to withstand the pressure of migration, and keep soaring energy prices under control, he said.
Orbán said they opposed the emergence of any kind of European superstate.
Orbán and Le Pen established that traditional European party structures were transforming all over Europe, and that they wanted to cooperate in this process.
He insisted that there is a pressing need for the renewal of the European right wing and that Hungary’s ruling Fidesz has a vested interest in the emergence of a new party group.
Orbán said Fidesz has become “a political bachelor in Europe” because the European People’s Party “has to such an extent become ensnared by the mainstream left-wing ideology” that Fidesz had no longer any business in it. (ER: The EPP is supposed to be a centre-right party. Its manifesto reads as a sort-of-not-social democrat/green platform, but isn’t convincing, and takes the neocon Atlanticist approach to Russia.)
As regards the new right-wing group, Orbán noted that a key step had already been taken in early July when 15 European parties, including Fidesz and RN, signed a joint declaration that he said “had broken the ice”. “Today’s meeting is yet another important step” in building cooperation, he said, stressing the need “to speed up the process in the weeks and months to come”.
Orbán said party alliances created over the past 30-40 years had lost ground, and this is why he is looking for potential new partners.
“Marine Le Pen and her party is such a potential ally,” Orbán said, adding, however, that their talks were yet in an early stage.
Orbán said he and Le Pen stated solidarity with Matteo Salvini, Italy’s former interior minister who is currently standing “a rather unjust” legal procedure. “Salvini is our hero,” he said, adding that the former minister had proved that migration on sea was possible to stop. “Politicians like him should be recognized and paid respect to in European politics, rather than being subjected to legal procedures,” he said. (ER: To our knowledge, Salvini has simply caved to Draghi’s globalist agenda.)
Answering a question, Orbán said Hungary’s priorities to be emphasized in debates about Europe’s future will include migration, sovereignty and freedom. He said he expected “the intensity of migration waves reaching Europe to change”, but “the wound is still open”. The issue has not been settled, Europe does not have an answer to the question what it intends to do with migration, Orbán said.
“We must make a clean breast of it,” Orbán said and reiterated Hungary’s position that migration must be rejected “as a bad thing” and a country must protect itself against it.
Le Pen: ‘Hungary has defended itself and its culture’
Hungary has managed to protect itself and its culture while dealing with the issue of migration, Marine Le Pen, President of the French National Rally (RN), told a press conference after talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
“Every nation has the right to preserve their constitutional identity and the European Union is only entitled to exercise powers that have been conferred onto it by the member states,” she said.
“Migration must be appropriately handled and must not be allowed to be used as a tool against a member state,” she said.
“My message to the Hungarian people is this: don’t give up, persevere!”
Le Pen said states with a 1,000-year history, like Hungary, must be proud of what they represent. Hungary always fought for freedom, she said, adding that she had paid tribute in Budapest to the heroes of the country’s uprising against Soviet rule in 1956.
“We highly value freedom, all that Hungary has done for freedom throughout its history. The history of Europe is inseparable from freedom,” she said.
On another subject, Le Pen called the cooperation agreement signed by right-wing parties in the summer a highly important step, adding that she “wholeheartedly” supports the agreement. Le Pen said she wanted to draft “an anti-plan”, one against the European mainstream. “We want a Europe of nations, we want to cooperate, everyone in their own territory, within the confines of their own borders, together,” she said.
Featured photo by Zoltán Fischer/PM’s Press Office
Between Le Pen and Zemmour, Orban “is betting on the post-May 2022 recomposition” in France
JEAN-BAPTISTE MENDES for SPUTNIK NEWS FRANCE
Viktor Orban rolled out the red carpet for Marine Le Pen on October 26 during an official visit to Budapest. But a formal alliance in the European Parliament will have to wait until after the French presidential election, says Erik Tegnér of the “Black Book” media.
In Budapest, Brussels got a kick out of it!
Meeting for the first time, Marine Le Pen and Viktor Orban both criticized the European Union. The presidential candidate raged against “the will to enslave nations” by the EU, guilty of “ideological brutality”. She thus called for an alliance of “patriotic and sovereignist forces” in the European Parliament. Although a “joint declaration” between Marine Le Pen and some fifteen allies in Europe, including the Hungarian Prime Minister, was signed in July, the project has made little progress. And for good reason, Viktor Orban is playing the pragmatism card.
According to Erik Tegnér, editorial director of the Black Book media, the champion of illiberalism is waiting for the results of the French presidential election and the Hungarian parliamentary elections scheduled for April 2022 before making up his mind. Thus, Eric Zemmour, who has not yet officially declared himself a candidate, went to Budapest in September, alongside Marion Maréchal, to meet with the Hungarian Prime Minister. And Viktor Orban “knows full well that there will be no group before next April,” says our interlocutor.
“Viktor Orban is betting on Marine Le Pen, but he is also betting on Éric Zemmour, he is betting on Marion Maréchal because he is betting on the post-May 2022 recomposition whether the national right wins or not.”
Managing editor of “Livre Noir”
Having left the European People’s Party, to which the Republicans also belong (ER: France’s centre-right and thoroughly globalist party, Les Republicains of Sarkozy fame), Viktor Orban has not yet determined which right-wing formation he would join. He is said to be hesitating between two parliamentary groups, the European Conservatives and Reformists, led in particular by the PiS (Law and Justice) in power in Poland, and the Identity and Democracy group, to which the Rassemblement National and Matteo Salvini’s Lega belong.
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