Polish MEP: EU has caused plenty of damage
Some of the important messages delivered during the European Parliament's session on Tuesday have been compiled by the Hungarian Magyar Nemzet newspaper.
“The bitter truth is that the European Parliament has done a lot of damage in Europe. It has been sending the false message it represents the European demos. There isn’t and there won’t be a European demos,” said Polish MEP Ryszard Legutko, the group leader of the European Conservatives and Reformers, in his speech in Strasbourg on Tuesday, in a meeting which commemorated the foundation of the predecessor of the European Parliament, the European Coal and Steel Community 70 years ago, in 1952.
According to Ryszard Legutko, “the parliament has infected Europe with shameless partisanship, and the infection became so contagious that it spread to other institutions such as the European Commission. The EP has abandoned the basic function of representing people, and instead it has become a machine to implement the so-called European Project, thus alienating millions of voters.
Amidst mocking applause, jeering and boos, the Polish politician explained that the European Parliament has become a political vehicle of the left, to impose their monopoly with their fierce intolerance towards any dissenting view.
The European Parliament is a quasi-parliament because it rejects the essential principle of parliamentarism, namely accountability,
the Polish MEP stated, noting that it is an absurd idea that Spanish, German or French MEPs can dictate something to Hungarian society, to which they cannot be held accountable, consequently, Hungarian people cannot call them to account.
The speech delivered by the Polish politician was shared by Balazs Hidveghi, an MEP of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, who stressed that his Polish colleague Ryszard Legutko, a professor at the Jagiellonian University, confronted the left-wing politicians with their own destruction with ruthless honesty. He received booing, mocking smiles and furious shouts. One thing he did not receive was refutation.
In its statement, Fidesz’s delegation in the European Parliament also pointed out that the EP
has become an organisation that exerts ideological and political pressure, ignores provisions it should respect, and wishes to expand its powers to the extremes unlawfully.