Frans Timmermans should resign, says Hungary’s foreign minister

Hungary’s foreign minister has said that Frans Timmermans should resign from his post after having accused Hungary’s prime minister and the country’s government of anti-Semitism.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, rejected the first vice-president of the European Commission’s accusation, calling it unfair and unacceptable, stressing that Hungary “has done more than anyone in Europe to combat anti-Semitism”.

“We introduced the National Memorial Day for the Victims of the Holocaust, have renovated synagogues not just in Hungary, but also in neighboring countries, and have made Holocaust denial a punishable offense according to the new Penal Code. Hungary’s new Constitution, which has been placed on new foundations, guarantees the security of Hungarian Jews as part of the Hungarian nation, and the Hungarian Jewish Community can always count on the respect, friendship and protection of the Hungarian government,” he said, also adding that “we have introduced a policy of zero tolerance with regard to anti-Semitism”.