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The discussion on the rule of law in Hungary gets out of hand on twitter

(B2) The debate scheduled for Tuesday (December 10) at the Council of General Affairs Ministers, behind closed doors, on the rule of law in Hungary burst into the public sphere

Luxembourg minister Jean Asselborn, the 'Turk's head' of the Hungarian government, speaks at the CAG (source: Zoltan Kovacs twitter)

The Hungarian spokesperson, Zoltan Kovacs unpacked and commented on several interventions on his twitter feed, Around a leitmotif: “ It's the Soros orchestra he said several times. In particular, he specifically targeted the quartet (Frans) Timmermans, (Didier) Reynders, (Vera) Jourova and (Pekka) Haavisto. Respectively the Vice-President of the Commission responsible for the rule of law (under the Juncker Commission for one and under the Von der Leyen Commission for the other), the European Commissioner responsible for Justice and the Finnish Minister of Affairs foreign. (Read on her blog 'About Hungary').

What attract him a reply from the German Minister Michael Roth on Twitter also : " I'm not a musician. Unfortunately not. I am just a simple politician with a clear commitment to European values. »

The response was quick. “ Join the club, Mr. Roth. We are all for European values. But talking is cheap. Tell me: what happened to the rules of procedure today? insists Z. Kovacs with the hashtag #ruleoflaw

The Dane Jeppe Koffod is offensive: “ If Hungary wants an open debate, let it take place then […] How do you explain that in 2011, Hungary was in 44th place in the Reporters Without Borders press list and slipped to 87th place in 2019? ».

And the debate continues this Wednesday morning, still on Twitter. Childishness or new democratic expression. In any case, the European debate is changing...


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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