Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has savaged the European Union’s “regulatory madness,” and called for the scrapping of 1,000 regulations. The center-right leader’s broadside comes ahead of pivotal EU parliament elections, RT reported.
“People demand answers from the EU on major issues such as security, external border control or climate change,” Kurz said in a statement sent to Austrian news agency APA on Sunday. “But nobody needs EU regulations on how to make a schnitzel or fries.”
“Instead of demanding more and more money, the EU should stop telling people more and more how to live,” the 32-year-old leader added, before calling for the abolishment of 1,000 unspecified EU regulations.
Since taking office in 2017, Kurz has clashed with Brussels on a range of issues, most prominently immigration. Kurz has called for penalties on EU states who take in too many migrants, and has sealed off his own country’s borders with Hungary and Slovenia to stem the flow of migrants.
Kurz has not outright rejected the idea of a European Union, but slammed its “paternalism” and called earlier this month for “generational change at the top” of the bloc.