Speaking at the Government Press Briefing on Thursday, Gergely Gulyás, Minister for the Prime Minister’s Office, said that the European Commission was engaging in race-based, anti-Hungarian revenge for withholding funds for Hungarian university programs.
This past January, the European Commission decided that Hungarian educational institutions either operating in the form of public interest trust foundations or maintained by such foundations cannot receive new grants from the EU-funded Erasmus+ cooperation and education exchange program or the Horizon Europe research and innovation framework program.
In Thursday’s press briefing, a journalist from hvg.hu asked Gulyás if he did in fact mean to say that the debate over the Erasmus-Horizon programs was “race-based revenge.”
In response, the Minister reiterated that he considered the manner in which the European Commission was behaving over the disputed EU funds as an example of anti-Hungarian revenge. Gulyás then stated:
Of course it is true that there is just one species, homo sapiens. And within that there are different ethnic groups, if you like. This is a decision taken against the Hungarian ethnic group … the Hungarian race. But if this word bothers you, then we can say it is an anti-Hungarian revenge, one which specifically affects Hungarians.
Historian: Nazis Used Similar Langauge
Nazi Germany used similar language to that used by Minister Gulyás, Historian Krisztián Ungváry told RTL News.
The only culture or subculture that uses the term race in the sense of, say, Hungarian race, German race, or Aryan race, is Nazi-type public discourse. So Gergely Gulyás managed to express his thoughts using fundamentally Nazi terminologies.
-Krisztián Ungváry told the news channel.
Ungváry also felt that the minister’s later clarification that the European Commission was taking revenge on the Hungarian ethnic group, which he used in a cultural and not biological sense, was even more problematic.
Gergely Gulyás appears to believe that any criticism from the EU is unacceptable because it is based on characteristics specific to Hungarians, said the historian. [HVG]