Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke to Hungary’s nationalist leader this week and bluntly suggested that the nation leave the European Union if it cannot meet the group’s support for the rights of the LGBTQ community.
During an EU summit on Thursday in Brussels, Rutte asked why right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán doesn’t just withdraw from the EU if your nation does not adhere to union valuesdiplomats reported.
“If you don’t like it, there is an alternative: Leave the union“Rutte told Orbán, he reminded reporters after the meeting, The Washington Post reported.
Other leaders have also criticized Orbán for human rights since the Hungarian parliament passed a controversial law that bans educational and other content for children that is seen as “promoting homosexuality.” The measure links the LGBTQ community to pedophilia and expands on a previous law that effectively prohibits same-sex couples from adopting children. It also establishes in the constitution that marriage is only between a man and a woman.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told leaders that his country’s taxpayers would not contribute funds to member states that you do not respect human rightsTime magazine reported.
“Hatred, intolerance and discrimination have no place in our Union,” Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, who is gay, wrote on Twitter after Rutte rebuked Orbán.
Bettel published a joint letter signed by a group of EU leaders, including Rutte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron strongly supporting Europe’s LGBTQ community and calling it “the foundation of the European Union.”
Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin said that Hungary had crossed the line with the new law and that EU leaders had a responsibility to protect Hungarians affected by the measure. “The European Union is there to protect citizens,” he told reporters in Brussels.
Due to the beliefs of Hungary’s ruling politicians about LGBTQ rights, “then there is nothing for them in the European Union” and the nation should be expelled, Rutte said in a television interview (see video above).
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters that Hungarian law was “a pity. “
Orbán complained at the summit that he was being unfairly attacked and that critics do not understand the new measure. He insisted that the law is not an attack on the LGBTQ community.
“I am a fighter for rights, you know?” he told reporters in Brussels (see video above). “I am a freedom fighter in the communist regime … I fought for freedom and rights. So I am defending the rights of gay boys. But this law is not that. It’s about the rights of children and parents. “
The executive arm of the EU has launched a legal challenge to Hungary’s new law, which could significantly affect the EU’s assessment of whether Hungary has turned authoritarian. That is also contrary to EU principles and could threaten Hungary’s continued membership, according to Time.
The commission could soon propose freezing payments from the EU financial stimulus program and budget to both Hungary and Poland, which is also under scrutiny.
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