Today marks the beginning of an unprecedented attack by the European Commission against one of its own member states. Described by some media outlets as the “enemy within,” Hungary is now facing the withdrawal of €7.5 billion in European funding which was to be given for growth, employment and investment purposes.
While the line being pushed is that the move is related to Hungary’s allegedly pro-Russian stance on the war in Ukraine, others have admitted that the timing is a coincidence, and Hungary’s main supporter in resisting the EU attack happens to be Poland, which is the strongest supporter of Ukraine in the EU on every level from logistical support to providing sanctuary for refugees.
The reason for Poland’s refusal to support the Commission is that Poland too has been under sustained attack from the body, supported by the Parliament, for a whole range of other reasons including both Poland and Hungary’s refusal to follow a clear attempt by the dominant political forces within the EU to impose an ideological conformity that has nothing to do with the objectives or founding principles of the Union.
The political nature of the move against Hungary is underlined by the fact that the substantive motion that has opened the door to the Commission imposing draconian economic penalties on Hungary was in the name of English-born Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield who was elected as a Green MEP for a French constituency in 2019.
She is a member of the Spinelli Group of powerful NGOs and former EU bureaucrats including out very own Pat Cox who support a federal Europe and make no bones about their intent to remove remaining aspects of national sovereignty.
In welcoming the passing of her motion, Delbos-Corfield claimed that “Hungary is not a democracy,” and the report claimed that there is “a clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values on which the union was founded.” And yet, the Hungarian elections in April were subject to an unprecedented level of “monitoring” – in large part funded by international leftist NGOS – and found no evidence of interference in the electoral process.
The thing that has annoyed them, one suspects, is that despite the massive deployment of external resources supported by the Soros Open Society Foundation and others to ensure the victory of the Hungarian liberal left, the election resulted in another victory for the Fidesz Party led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban who increased their majority in a 53% landslide.
Far from lying down in the face of renewed threats against the democratic government of Hungary, in July the Parliament voted in favour of a motion condemning the European Union for attempting to further expand into areas of national jurisdiction. It claimed that recent treaties are not an adequate basis for co-operation and that the EU is failing to protect Europe’s “Christian roots and culture.”
It is quite clear from the report and the relentless propaganda against Hungary, and Poland -although that has temporarily been suspended because of the Ukrainian crisis – has to do with those countries refusal to toe the left liberal line on transgenderism and other matters. They have also refused to allow their own national constitutions and judicial rulings to be superseded by ideological dictats from Brussels cheerled by left extremists and bankrolled by their NGOs. That is what Hungary’s “flouting of the law” amounts to.
One might imagine then that people who claim to be Irish nationalists, and indeed who up until quite recently opposed every move towards the federalisation of the EU right back to the referendum on joining in 1973, might have some regard for others who are protecting national sovereignty?
Well, you would be mistaken. Because among the 433 MEPs who voted to allow the European Commission to attack another member country was Chris MacManus of Sinn Féin. As, of course, did all of the other Irish MEPs present with the exception of Clare Daly and Mick Wallace who abstained.