I’ve honestly had it with Hungary and Orbán constantly blocking sanctions against Russia. We have to get past the principle of unanimity, and let a simple majority be enough.
-Manfred Weber, group leader of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, told Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza prior to his expected election as party president in Rotterdam on Tuesday.
The politician from Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU), who apparently spoke to a Polish journalist prior to the new sanctions agreement in Brussels on Tuesday morning, also warned Poles that the Warsaw government must finally understand that violating the rule of law and undermining an independent judiciary is the exact opposite of what the Ukrainians are fighting for.
Weber said that he was taking over the legacy of soon-departing EPP President Donald Tusk, who is returning to domestic politics and has also been also critical of the Hungarian government.
Among the highlights of Tusk’s term as president was “throwing out” Fidesz from the EPP in 2021, although the Hungarian ruling party claims it left on its own accord. [HVG]