With an article captioned “it’s time to talk about Huxit,” Magyar Nemzet, a daily loyal to Victor Orban’s Hungarian government, began the debate.

Tamas Fricz, a conservative scholar with close ties to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party, wrote it.

Mr Fricz accused the EU of displaying “more and more imperial characteristics” and “behaving more and more condescendingly and arrogantly toward Eastern and Central European states” in his article.

“The European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Court of Justice, and, in some cases, the Council of Europe are all determined to teach us a lesson,” he continued.

“They want to punish us even more.”

When a new Hungarian legislation went into force earlier this year, making it illegal to promote homosexuality in schools, it sparked outrage across Western Europe.

Hungary has had approximately €650 million (£557 million) withheld from the EU’s Covid recovery fund by Brussels.

The EU took the action in response to Hungary’s “violations of the rule of law.”

According to Tichys Einblick, the outrage over this problem sparked a debate about Hungary’s EU membership.

Mr Fricz accused the EU of displaying “more and more imperial characteristics” and “behaving more and more condescendingly and arrogantly toward Eastern and Central European states” in his article.

“The European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Court of Justice, and, in some cases, the Council of Europe are all determined to teach us a lesson,” he continued.

“They want to punish us even more.”

Mr Fricz contended that there is a fundamental difference between Hungary’s Christian conservative culture and that of more liberal western European countries.

“Our paths have separated because the West has willfully broken with Christian morals and the value system in favor of a cosmopolitan, faceless world civilization built on self-enjoyment and self-destruction,” he railed.

“We Hungarians, Poles, Eastern and Central Europeans, on the other hand, insist on preserving our thousands-year-old cultural and religious underpinnings.

“This is our way of life. And that matters more than any other consideration.”

Any Hungarian exit from the EU, on the other hand, would be immensely divisive in the central European country, which receives significant foreign aid. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”