On the news that Manfred Weber will run for President of the European Commission, Ska Keller, President of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament comments:
"If Manfred Weber wants to be President of the European Commission, then he needs to prove he can stand up for European values. Next week is the moment that Weber and the rest of the EPP must take a clear stance and show that they believe in a European Union of democracy and the rule of law by voting to sanction Hungary for breaching these values, which we should all hold dear.
"Sadly enough, Viktor Orbán is no longer alone within the EPP, adopting the rhetoric and the positions of the national-populist far right. The largest European political group, which Manfred Weber currently leads, must make a clear choice between that and sticking to the values enshrined in the EU treaties, which state that the EU is founded on the values of freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights."