Andras Schiffer (left) and Gergely Gulyas – Photo: MTI

EC ‘endangering EU’ by becoming political player, says Gulyas in talk with Schiffer

The European Commission cannot afford to involve itself in partisan politics, as this would eventually tear the European Union apart, Gergely Gulyas, the prime minister's chief of staff, said in a discussion with Andras Schiffer, the opposition LMP party's former leader, on Thursday.

In the discussion on the future of the EU at the Mathias Corvinus Collegium festival in Esztergom, in northern Hungary, Gulyas said there was no alternative to institutionalised cooperation among the nations in today’s globalised world. This, he added, required a shared set of rules.

Gulyas insisted, at the same time, that the EC had lately been ignoring what it was allowed and not allowed to do according to the law. He said the commission was “serving political needs” even if this meant trampling over EU law.

Schiffer said the “real conflict” shaping the future of the bloc was between democratic decision-making and “corporations’ hunger for profit”.

“The question is whether we’ll have a world in which profits come before the interests of the people and nature, or if human communities will be strong enough to keep capital in check,” Schiffer said. This requires strong nation-states and strong cooperation among them, he added.

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