Judit Varga – Photo: BZT / Nóra Halász

Justice minister: ‘Multipolar, smart Europe’ needed

Marking Europe Day, Hungary's justice minister, Judit Varga, said on Sunday that instead of an ever closer union the EU should strive to be 'multipolar and smart'.

Regarding the conference on the future of Europe, Varga said in a video posted on social media that everyone’s voice deserved to be heard in debates at European level, and this was also true of the voice of the Hungarian people.

“We Hungarians have always had sober views concerning Europe,” she said. “We’ve always drawn attention to the … dangers affecting it in a timely manner,” she added.

Varga said that Europe’s success formulas for the 20th century were no longer fit to meet “the challenges of the new era”, adding that what had been a thriving economy was now in decline.

She said answers were needed as to the question of why EU responses to challenges were constantly delayed and flawed. “Why is our Union drifting from crisis to crisis?”

The minister said that absent of respect for national constitutions and a culture of equality between member states, Europe’s future could not be planned for.

She said the relevant Hungarian proposals will be outlined in the coming weeks, with a view to setting the foundations for a successful and pro-active alliance.

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