Higher energy prices could 'kill the middle class' - Orbán

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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said European Commission initiatives linked to the Green Deal would raise energy prices and "kill the middle class," speaking to journalists ahead of a European Union summit in Brussels this week, according to napi.hu.

Asked to comment on a perceived schism between East and West in Europe, he said, "the real division line is between common sense and non-common sense. What [EC VP Frans] Timmermans [responsible for the European Green Deal] and others propose will kill the middle class of Europe, and [...] the key to the European democracy is the middle class."

Including family cars and homes in the EU's emissions trading system (ETS) will cause prices to skyrocket, Orbán said, "destroying the middle class everywhere in Europe, not just in the east but in the west as well. Utopian fantasy kills us," he added.

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