ER Editor: It’s interesting to see all the globalists in the EU Parliament, despite the different party names. Of note is Manfred Weber from the EPP putting pressure on the ‘Socialists’ to ensure Fico is booted out of their faction.
Fico, who is in poll position to form a coalition government, was booted out of government amid an anti-corruption uprising in 2018 but has now surged to victory by proposing to end military support to its neighbor Ukraine and criticizing the EU’s sanctions on Russia, setting off alarm bells in Kyiv and Brussels.
European People’s Party leader Manfred Weber plunged the knife in at a press conference at the European Parliament on Tuesday, comparing the Slovak politician to Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, who took his MEPs out of Weber’s center-right group in 2021 as the EPP mulled expelling him (ER: LOL).
“Whenever we listen to Fico, it sounds like Orbán,” Weber said, referring to the Slovak’s stance on Russia and “toward minorities” in his country. “What I am asking is a clarification process on the Socialists’ side, what are they doing now with their own family member?”
Before the election, Stefan Lövfen, the president of the PES (ER: and former Swedish PM), threatened Fico with expulsion during an interview with Swedish media.
Fico himself took to Facebook on Monday to say that rather than being congratulated on his victory by the Party of European Socialists, he had received “blackmail” instead.
“That’s really beautiful, democratic. Either we say what the USA wants, or they’ll expel us. The PES chairman scrupulously adheres to the philosophy that who is for peace is a warmonger, and who is in favor of war and killing is a peace activist … It’s not right to blackmail sovereign politician,” Fico said in the video.
Top Socialist MEP Pedro Marques drew a distinction between the tenor of Smer’s campaign — which was marked by homophobic rhetoric, (ER: facepalm) for example — and the policies that could be enacted if it forms a government. “If this continues, if this goes from rhetoric to action in a new government, a sanctions process might be started, and expulsion process might be one of the actions,” the Portuguese lawmaker said.
Featured image: Former Slovak Prime Minister Róbert Fico | Stephanie Lecocq/EFE via EPA
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