Hungarian PM demanding EC vice president resign over comments for Der Spiegel

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called for the resignation of European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová after she told Der Spiegel that Hungary had an “ill democracy.” In addition, Mr. Orban claims that the Vice President insulted EU citizens of Hungarian nationality by saying that they are not in a position to form an independent opinion.

In the Spiegel interview, Ms. Jourova expressed concern for the fate of democracy in some EU member states, particularly Hungary and Poland, where, she said, the principles of rule of law are often “bent” to an alarming degree.

Věra Jourová, who is Czech, has been the Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency since 1 December 2019 and previously served as the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers, and Gender Equality from 2014 to 2019.