Major blow to Orbán: Navracsics not suitable for culture and education post, according to MEPs

Members of the European Pariament have determined that Tibor Navracsics, Hungary’s previous foreign affairs minister and earlier the country’s justice minister, is not fit to serve as the European Union’s commissioner for culture and education. Mr. Navracsics was the first candidate to be rejected during the current round of hearings. BBC News noted that this was a major slap in the face for Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government, which — as the BBC indicates– has been “criticised in the EU for allegedly undermining civil liberties.” The HFP would suggest that it is safe to drop the term “allegedly” from this sentence.

The European Parliament was quite split, with 14 to 12 voting against Mr. Navracsics’s appointment. It should be noted that they did not find the former minister, as such, personally unsuitable to serve in the European Commission, but he was not an appropriate fit for a position which is seen as key in promoting European liberal demcratic values and pluralism. Mr. Navracsics did all he could to distance himself from Mr. Orbán’s government (of which he was a prominent member for over four years) and went as far as to critique the country’s controversial handling of media laws and the government’s “perceived” lack of respect for pluralism.

Tibor Navracsics

Tibor Navracsics

Mr. Navracsics’s rejection was undoubtedly a disappointment to the candidate, who had nothing to say about this set-back on Twitter. Previously, Mr. Navracsics had tweeted about a range of issues, where he aimed to portray himself as a liberally-minded supporter of dialogue and multiculturalism. “Today is the European Day of Jewish Culture. Let’s appreciate & celebrate the richness of our coexistence & our common heritage,” tweeted Mr. Navracsics on September 13th. “Twenty-five years ago HU & Israel re-established diplomatic relations. Since then we’ve formed a rich and friendly relationship,” Mr. Navracsics added on September 18th.

After his initial grilling, Mr. Navracsics did what he could to distance himself from Mr. Orbán.

“Media freedom and media pluralism are of key importance for a democratic society. I regret that sometimes in the past, not enough importance has been given to this important aspect by the Hungarian government, to which I no longer belong,” observed Mr. Navracsics. “I also learned that it would have been wise to engage in these discussions and consultations earlier, and in a more sensitive manner as regards the importance of fundamental rights and the rule of law across the European Union,” he added.

In the end, however, this “honest” reflection must have been seen as too little, too late by liberal, green and socialist MEPs.

Tamás Deutsch, one of Fidesz’s notoriously motty-mouthed MEPs, blamed Hungarian left-wing MEPs Benedek Jávor, Tibor Szanyi and Csaba Molnár for spreading incorrect information on how Mr. Navracsics had been rejected for the culture/education post, noting that it is “bullshit” to claim this, as the European Commission’s president has the right to decide who will receive which portfolio. As such, it is possible that Mr. Navracsics will be handed down a heavily diluted portfolio having something to do with cultural issues. The left’s rejection of Mr. Navracsics is more of a recommendation to Mr. Juncker, rather than a binding decision, Mr. Deutsch points out. “Their rejection is merely a way of saving face on the left, especially considering that despite all accusations, the ‘fascist’ Hungarian candidate had already been voted in earlier,” added the Fidesz MEP.

The European Union is perhaps seeing through Mr. Orbán’s smoke screen. Mr. Navracsics tried all he could to pretend that he was somehow an innocent bystander during the four years he spent serving in Mr Orbán’s government. But this did not go over well in Brussels.

2 Comments

  1. Dr. habil. András Fodor says:

    If this information is true, let’s hope, that it is not, it would mean that this is the most disappointing news from Brussels since Hungary is a member of the EU.

    This decision is a great victory of Mr. Putyin, the Enemy # 1. of the Free World, as well as of the pro-Moscow extreme right (Jobbik) and previous Moscow pets, the communists (segregated into 4 parties).

    Tibor Navracsics is bright, intelligent, intellectual, an excellent and absolutely honest politician in every aspect, deeply committed to the European values and the common Christian-Judean heritage.

    If EU refused him, it means, EU refuse the real Hungary and the real honest pro-European feeling of the Hungarian people.

    You want to push Hungary into the arms of the Russian fascist?!

    How could you dare to do that?!

    How could we fight in our country against the extremely strong pro-Russian propaganda if you made the Hungarian people deliberately dismayed in Europe?

    Those who voted against Navracsics are irresponsible politicians, and, some of them – I am sure are corrupted and paid – by the Russians.

    Shame on them. I am extremely disappointed myself, I would like to cry. How can I explain to my children and grandchildren, that Europe is our Europe?!

  2. Dr. habil. András Fodor says:

    This nation was refused today, who gave martyrs for the freedom of Europe. Here are pictures and the last sentences of those who were brutally executed in October 6, 1849. Shame on those who, ignoring all this, rejected the appointment of the most honest Hungarian politician. Here are the witnesses from the history what a terrible mistake you made:
    The last sentences of those 13s executed in Arad:
    Az aradi 13-ak utolsó mondatai…

    Alább közölt összeállításunkból megtudhatják, kivégzésük elött mivel
    búcsúztak az aradiak hazájuktól és a forradalomtól.

    Leiningen-Westerburg Károly: A világ feleszmél majd, ha látja a hóhérok munkáját.

    Damjanich János: Legyöztük a halált, mert bármikor készek voltunk elviselni azt.

    Török Ignác: Nemsokára Isten legmagasabb ítélöszéke elé állok. Életem parányi súly csupán, de tudom, hogy mindig csak Őt szolgáltam.

    Aulich Lajos: Szolgáltam, szolgáltam, mindig csak szolgáltam. És halálommal is szolgálni fogok. Forrón szeretett magyar népem és hazám, tudom megértik azt a szolgálatot.

    Vécsey Károly: Isten adta a szívet, lelket nekem, amely népem és hazám szolgálatáért lángolt.

    Lázár Vilmos: Ki tehet arról, hogy ilyen a magyar sorsa? Krisztus keresztje tövében érett apostollá az apostolok lelke és bitófák tövében kell forradalmárrá érni a magyar lelkeknek.

    Dessewffy Arisztid: Tegnap hösök kellettek, ma mártírok… Így parancsolja ezt hazám szolgálata.

    Nagy-Sándor József: De rettenetes volna most az elmúlásra gondolni, ha semmit sem tettem volna az életemben. Alázatosan borulok Istenem elé, hogy hössé, igaz emberré, jó katonává tett.

    Knézich Károly: Milyen különös, hogy Haynau bíró is keresztény és én is az vagyok. Csak az ördög keverhette így össze a kártyákat.

    Schweidel József: A mai világ a sátán világa, ahol a becsületért bitó, az árulásért hatalom jár. Csak egy igazi forradalom, a világ új forradalmi
    embersége söpörheti el ezt az átkozott, meghasonlott világot.

    Kiss Ernö: Istenem, az újkor ifjúsága egész ember lesz-e? Árpádok dicsö szentjei virrasszatok a magyar ifjúság felett, hogy Krisztusé legyen a szívük és a hazáé az életük.

    Láhner György: Krisztus keresztje és a bitófa oly rokon. És az isteni
    áldozat mellett oly törpe az én áldozatom.

    Poeltenberg Ernö: Minket az ellenség dühös bosszúja juttatott ide.

    Legyünk hüek hitükhöz! Áldozatuk ne legyen hiábavaló!

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