"They cannot stop us!"

Jobbik's vice president and MEP candidate Zoltán Balczó and Béla Kovács, the party's EP representative held an extraordinary press conference to react to the "fake scandal" created by a Hungarian daily newspaper, Magyar Nemzet.

Jobbik wants to make it clear what the real goal and cause of this scandal was - Zoltán Balczó said. The politician's view is that Jobbik gaining over 20% of the national votes at the latest elections meant too large a fly in the ointment of international political struggles. The United States and its European allies seem to be willing to use any means to remove it. Their goal is to relegate Jobbik, a realistic contender for the second place in the EP elections, because the global power wants the Hungarian Socialist Party to remain the primary challenger for Fidesz at all costs.

Balczó added that the reason why he was referring to the role of the United States was because the press aired information about a phone conversation in which US vice president Joe Biden mentioned to Viktor Orbán how important it was to deliver a major blow to Jobbik before the EP elections. Biden specifically mentioned Béla Kovács, who is a key figure in Jobbik's Hungarian-Russian relations, so, in the US vice president's view, he should not win another mandate. Balczó said they were very sad to see this scenario being realized, since the Prosecutor General's Office made a motion to revoke Béla Kovács' parliamentary immunity. The office did not indicate the exact reason, but Magyar Nemzet, which always seems to be well-informed, has already released several calumnies.

Talking about Béla Kovács, Zoltán Balczó said that he had been the leader of Jobbik's foreign policy cabinet between 2005 and 2010, and he had developed the relations that were instrumental in founding the Alliance of European National Movements, which is currently presided by Béla Kovács. Magyar Nemzet's allegations that the alliance is controlled by Russia are absurd - Balczó said. Even this European movement was subjected to a stillborn attack the other day, claiming that the alliance's finances were not in order, but it was soon revealed that the group had been operating under the strictest scrutiny of the European Parliament for years. In addition to the cooperation with the Western European radical parties, Béla Kovács obviously had a role in the Jobbik’s opening to the East.

Jobbik's politician finds it odd that the press now "reveals" well-known data as "secrets". Béla Kovács graduated as an economist from an institute in Moscow where several other professionals, who are now actively involved in Hungarian politics, have obtained their degrees. It was never a secret that Béla Kovács had an excellent command of the Russian language, which was one of the reasons why he could have a key role in Jobbik's opening to the East and developing Russian relations. Kovács is also a member of the inter-parliamentary delegation that mediates between the EP and the Russian parliament. As a member of the energy committee, he established the EP-Russia inter-parliamentary working group, which he chairs. Balczó says it is clear that the Russian relations and any visits to Russia all took place in public. The politician added that Jobbik had become convinced of the strategic importance of Russian relations, which is Hungary's interest as well as the party's. He also firmly rejected the rumours that Jobbik was financed by Russia. Balczó reminded that Jobbik was the only political party which made a motion to reveal the double citizenship of MPs and government members as well as to identify Hungarian organizations funded from abroad, so that we could all have a clear picture in such matters of national security.

Jobbik is sad to see the Hungarian government being so submissive to the imperial expectations and would like to point out to Hungarian voters that the real goal of the serial attacks in the past few weeks was to prevent Jobbik from presenting its political agenda to advocate the Europe of Nations concept and the Hungarian interests in the newly-elected European Parliament - concluded Zoltán Balczó.

Béla Kovács rejects the allegations

Then Béla Kovács took the floor and said that he rejected the allegations published in Magyar Nemzet. As he pointed out, he had never been a member of either the Hungarian or any foreign secret services, had never cooperated with them and had never been contacted by them. He added that the Moscow institution referred in the news was the Institute of International Relations and it has given several other political figures to Hungary, but they never had to suffer such false accusations. Béla Kovács mentioned that, among others, the foreign policy columnist of Magyar Nemzet had graduated from the exact same institution in Moscow. Béla Kovács categorically rejected the allegations that the Alliance of European Nations, which he presides, was influenced or financed by Russia. The politician also reacted to the article published by Index.hu, in which the portal mentioned the financial difficulties of the alliance. He admitted that there had been problems, but when Jobbik took over the leadership of the European alliance, they sorted them out. 

He said it was a calumny that Jobbik was financed by Russia or Iran. He pointed out that no such things had ever happened, Jobbik had never asked for political or financial support from abroad. Béla Kovács also contacted his fellow MP Ádám Mirkóczki today and asked him to communicate his request to the national security committee of the Hungarian Parliament: he demands a public hearing by the committee.

The article touched upon a very personal subject related to the Béla Kovács' wife. Magyar Nemzet claimed that she had been working for the Soviet secret service. On behalf of his wife, the politician firmly rejected this statement and he said it was outrageous that the press involved family members in its smear campaigns. He will take legal action in this matter.

Finally, Béla Kovács added that he would continue his work to develop the best possible strategic, energetic and political cooperation between the European Union and Russia. This is the best interest of the Hungarian people as well, so he will represent it as a Hungarian MEP. He pointed out that no smear campaign could stop him, and he would continue his campaign tour, even today.

Morvai: I don't want to travel back in time

The case of Béla Kovács was brought up during Krisztina Morvai's press conference as well. Of course, the propaganda machine from HirTV to ATV, which works perfectly in such cases, was ready to ask Krisztina Morvai about Béla Kovács' alleged "espionage".

Jobbik's head of the EP election list reminded the public that objective measurements clearly show Béla Kovács to be one of the most successful independent MEPs in this term. He has prepared professional reports and worked in committees, and he has been the co-chairman of the EP-Russia energy committee, which is a great honour for Hungary. Morvai said that Jobbik and Béla Kovács were under attack for the party's opening to the East. 

In response to a question, she said that there was no reason to remove Béla Kovács from Jobbik's EP list because "I don't want to travel back in time to the 50s, when the centre of the empire, which was Moscow at that time, gave orders to Hungary."