“We are not in the Middle Ages”

The Benelux circulates a critical statement among the 27 to pressure Hungary, which dismisses the criticism as “fake news”


The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, has criticized this Tuesday that the reform adopted in Hungary to censor talks about homosexuality in educational centers is a “very bad” measure because it contravenes European values ​​and rights, while warning to the Government of Viktor Orban that “we are not in the Middle Ages.”

Asselborn has thus expressed himself upon his arrival at a meeting of European ministers during which the Benelux countries (Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium) have circulated in search of the support of the rest of the partners a statement condemning the “flagrant discrimination” that The new Hungarian norm means for the LGTBIQ collective, as different diplomatic sources have indicated to Europa Press.

“The law voted by Hungary does not respond in any way to the values ​​of the European Union. People have the right to live as they want, we are not in the Middle Ages,” Asselborn told the press upon arrival at the 27th meeting, held in Luxembourg within the framework of a General Affairs Council of the EU in which precisely the anti-democratic drift in Hungary and Poland will be discussed.

He has also trusted that the European Commission, which has already spoken out to defend individual freedom and non-discrimination of Europeans, will go beyond statements and get “to the bottom” to defend the values ​​of the EU.

On the situation in Poland, Asselborn has indicated that he hopes that Warsaw understands that “there is no alternative” to respect the primacy of the judgments of the Court of Justice of the EU, alluding to the controversial reform of the Polish judicial system that puts at risk the independence of the judges and takes reprisals against those who go to the European Justice.

The Luxembourg minister has recognized the important role of Poland within the European Union because it was a “reference” for the expansion of the bloc towards the Eastern countries.

The Twenty-seven have on their agenda this Tuesday to continue the analysis on the risks to the rule of law in Poland and Hungary that had been parked during the pandemic period, although decisions on this are not expected at this meeting.

Poland and Hungary are the only two EU countries against which the process set out in Article 7 of the EU Treaty has been initiated, which provides for sanctions against the countries of the bloc that deviate from the democratic path, for example by suspending their right to vote in the decision-making of the Council of the EU.


Meanwhile, the Hungarian Foreign and Trade Minister, Péter Szijjártó, has defended the new legislation that, within the framework of the fight against pedophilia, includes measures that persecute the LGTBIQ collective such as the prohibition of talks about homosexuality in educational centers and the veto to the broadcast of audiovisual content that includes LGTBIQ themes on television.

Upon his arrival at the meeting of EU ministers, Szijjártó assured that “children must be protected” from pedophilia crimes with “very severe” punishments and added that the norm also includes measures to ensure that the right to inform to minors “about sexual orientation is exclusive to the parents.”

“I really wonder if those who criticize the law have read it or do so based on false interpretations that have circulated in recent days,” said the minister, who has assured that the Government is “open to debate” but is clear about his position on this matter.

“My advice is to read the law and not spread ‘fake news’,” Szijjártó replied, when asked about the critical statement that the Benelux countries have shared with the rest of the member states in search of more signatories.


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