"Since the rule of Soviet empire, no other
external power has dared to try to curb the sovereignty of Hungarians
openly, choosing a legal form"
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban:
"Since the rule of Soviet empire, no other external power has dared to try to curb the sovereignty of Hungarians openly, choosing a legal form," Orban told public radio, saying some of the European Parliament's recommendations violated the EU treaty.
European lawmakers say Orban, who has used his two-thirds majority to enact hundreds of laws since sweeping to power in 2010, has weakened democratic checks and balances in the former Soviet satellite by changing the constitution.
Orban has denied the charges.
Hungary's parliament, with support from Orban's party and far-right Jobbik, passed a resolution on Friday saying the European Parliament was going against European values. It demanded "respect and equal treatment" for Hungary.
"We don't want to live in a European empire that has its center in Brussels and where they tell us what we should do on the peripheries," Orban said on the radio.
He said the "troops of bureaucrats" who had failed to resolve the economic crisis in Europe were now trying to condemn Hungary, which was on the road to recovery.