EU ON THE BRINK: Orban warns Brussels’ ‘days are numbered’ as he challenges Juncker’s EPP

FIREBRAND Hungarian leader Viktor Orban has declared war on the European Union, insisting the European elite who govern the bloc are a “failure” and their “days are numbered”.

In his annual speech to Fidesz supporter, Mr Orban demanded a focus on the upcoming European election in order to challenge the Commission, which he believes is the Continent’s symbol of failure.

The Hungarian prime minister said: “The European elite has failed and this failure’s symbol is the European Commission.

“The good news is that the Commission’s days are numbered.”

He added: “In the European Parliament election, the great goal of transforming Europe and moving it towards a post-Christian and post-national era could be blocked.

The Commission, the EU’s powerful executive body, is currently run the centre-right European People’s Party, headed up by Jean-Claude Juncker.

In a separate interview, Mr Orban said the Commission’s decision making is like “the last movements of frogs’ leg in biological experiences which we saw when we were at school, which no longer had significance”.

He added: “We need a new Commission with a new approach.

“We need a Commission after the European elections which does not punish those countries that protect their borders like Hungary.”

Despite Mr Orban’s Fidesz being part of the EPP, this has not stopped the Hungarian promising to shake up its politics from the inside.

When asked by a number of supporters about ditching Fidesz’s EPP membership, he replied: “Our thinking is leaning toward staying, not leaving.”

The European parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in May 2019, and have already attracted a number of anti-establishment hopefuls looking to shake up the EU.

Italian deputy Matteo Salvini has spoken of his intention to replicate the domestic success of his League by creating a eurosceptic bloc of MEPs.

Former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon has also revealed plans to set up shop in Brussels and help right-wing parties organise in a bid to lead a revolt across European politics.

 

 

express.co.uk

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