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MEP Deutsch: Manfred Weber suffers from ‘political Stockholm syndrome’

| September 24, 2018

In an exclusive interview with Hungarian news portal following the European Parliament’s decision to adopt the Sargentini Report, Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch talked about the questionable circumstances of the vote and explained why he thinks the EPP group leader suffers from ‘political Stockholm syndrome’.

Recently, the European Parliament adopted a resolution based on the so-called Sargentini Report condemning Hungary. According to MEP Tamás Deutsch, the outcome of the vote violates rules laid out in the founding treaties of the European Union. The document is factually unfounded, full of obvious distortions and influenced by a strong anti-Hungary bias, he said.

“The rules of procedure say that votes in favor and against should be considered when voting. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t state that abstentions are equivalent to ‘not cast’ votes, the rules only say that they shouldn’t be taken into account. Except when the founding treaties prescribe qualified majority. And in this case, the treaties intentionally use the phrase ‘votes cast’,” the Fidesz MEP said.

“There are three kinds of votes cast: in favor, against and abstention. This way, the number of votes cast was 693, its two-thirds is 462, while only 448 MEPs have voted for the report,” Deutsch continued, explaining how the report, in fact, was not passed according to the rules.

“As I see it,” the MEP continued, “the Council should investigate whether the proposal was drawn up according to relevant regulations in the first place.”

On EPP group leader Manfred Weber’s critical remarks and overall negative stance, Deutsch said that the CSU politician suffers from a sort of ‘political Stockholm syndrome’. “Weber wants to become the Spitzenkandidat of the EPP during the EP elections. Should the EPP win, he becomes Commission President. But to do this he has to earn the support of social-liberal MEPs, too,” Deutsch explained. In his view, Weber, in trying to please the political left, is “falling in love with the captor”, much like a textbook example of the so-called Stockholm syndrome.

“The person who develops affection for his captor doesn’t expand his freedom but simply makes his captivity more bearable,” Deutsch said adding that “this is a completely wrong attitude, this is the policy of ‘learning to be small’.”

Read the interview in its entirety in Hungarian here.