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Official: European elite out of touch with European people

The series of strikes by farmers and the rise of radical parties are symptoms of the yawning gap between the European elite and the European people, a government official told an international conference organised by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty.
12. March 2024 18:20

Hungary’s government considers it worthwhile making the effort to ask people about their opinions, and the Brussels elite should do the same, Marton Ugrosdy, a deputy state secretary of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office, told the conference held in Budapest on Monday.

At stake in the European parliamentary elections will be whether people choose to take their destiny into their own hands or to accept someone else controlling their daily lives, an MCC statement on Tuesday quoted the official as saying at the event entitled Hidden federalism and democratic denial.

Rodrigo Ballester, the head of European studies at MCC, said the Maastricht Treaty had drastically changed the original consensus and set the EU on the path of an ever-closer political union. Today’s pervasive crises were sown by the treaty, he said, referring to migration, green policy, the creation of the euro, and the ideal of European citizenship.

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