Hungary’s leader, Viktor Orbán, launched a tirade at Mr Schulz
Hungary’s leader, Viktor Orbán, launched a tirade at the former president of the European Parliament, Mr Schulz while lavishing praise on new US president Donald Trump.
As Mr Schulz eyes up the top job in Germany’s national elections later this year, Mr Orbán blasted the politician and his vision of Europe.
The Hungarian said: "I respect him, he is a great fighter.
“But he has a completely different notion of Europe than we do: this candidate does not understand the three important things of European politics: religion, nation, and marketplace.
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“And he could become a German chancellor – we are in a serious situation."
The pair have come to blows before, both arguing in public, with Mr Orbán accusing his fellow politician of sabotaging "the renationalisation strategy of the governments in Poland and Hungary".
To improve the EU, it needed more competition and economic momentum
And they do not see eye to eye over the migration crisis, with Mr Orbán not supporting settling migrants in his country, contrasted with Mr Schulz who supports more integration and did not see the migration crisis as primarily a German problem, despite Angela Merkel’s ‘open door’ policy.
Mr Orbán delivered the comments at the Christian Democratic Party CDU-close Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Brussels, where he heaped praise of Mr Trump’s new direction in domestic and foreign policy.
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He said it was “high time” to take the reality-TV star seriously, saying: “He has said that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first, which makes me hopeful.
“The era of multilateralism has come to an end."
The pair have come to blows before, both arguing in public
We have been enslaved by a utopia
Mr Orbán was optimistic of Mr Trump’s policies, as he declared the European project to be over.
He said: “We have been enslaved by a utopia, and this utopia is called 'supra-national Europe', but this is an illusion.
“There are no Europeans – there are only European peoples."
The EU has ceased to be a global player, he said, and warned countries that if they were not careful they would "descend from the regional league".
Orbán lavished praise on new US president Donald Trump
To improve the EU, it needed more competition and economic momentum, but at present Mr Orbán said: “The EU is getting weaker.”
And directly echoing the 45th president, the prime minister parting comment to the audience was: “Make Europe Great Again!"