Orbán's new friends

Last summer I posted here on Facebook that Fidesz and Viktor Orbán, having been squeezed out of mainstream European politics, might look for new friends among the politicians referred to as populists. For a long time, Hungary’s pro-government media has been doing its best to promote this new relationship, giving a loud applause to each and every success of those politicians.

Back then, I wrote: “It’s quite absurd that Viktor Orbán and his circle are the loudest to applaud the successes of the parties often called “anti-elite”, “populist” or simply “radical right-wing” in Germany, Italy or the Netherlands. These parties and politicians do not mean any good for us, Hungarians. On the contrary, the goals they want to achieve would mean nothing but a loss for us.”

The process has sped up in the past few weeks and Fidesz’ expulsion from the European People’s Party seems increasingly inevitable. News of secret talks between Fidesz and its potential future partners have been published although Fidesz has denied it so far. When we talk about the stakes of the EP elections, we must realize that the stakes are no less than either Fidesz collapses the house on us or we choose a responsible political agenda. Orbán has two scenarios. The first one is that he leads Hungary out of the European Union just to keep his own power and builds up a rogue, reclusive regime where, in lack of EU funds, he would use his power to contain a people sinking into poverty. The other scenario is what I call the “scenario of subversion”. This is what Fidesz is now seeking partners for; so that they could radically subvert Europe together. What would that look like? Talking about Fidesz’ windows of opportunity such as Le Pen, Salvini or Wilders back in the summer, I said their countries were big and strong while Hungary was unfortunately becoming poorer and poorer as well as increasingly vulnerable with a shrinking population. You don’t need to be very imaginative to figure out that if such a German or French politician considers his nation’s interest, we can’t expect much empathy or support from him. Moreover, Le Pen, Wilders or Salvini hardly conceal their intentions: they want to keep as much money as possible for their own countries and push out migrants as much as they can. To put it simply: they want to give less money and send more migrants to Eastern Central Europe, including Hungary. The migrant allocation quota system is good for them as they have both money and migrants in abundance. In contrast, it is bad for us because we have little of both. That’s what the Hungarian government prefers not to talk about when Orbán is trying to make friends with the radical right of Western Europe. The growth of Orbán’s “friends” will pose a threat and unpredictability for Hungary. It will mean less funding, a larger migrant quota and a total disregard for Hungary’s interests. In return, these friends will turn a blind eye to any kind of dictatorship Fidesz may build in an increasingly impoverished and backward Hungary. I don’t think this could be our goal.

Unfortunately, it does appear to be a more realistic and menacing scenario than ever. However, the decision is up to us on May 26. Jobbik wants to represent the Hungarian national interest. We want predictability and reliability in our daily lives. We want Hungary to be able to access the funds we are entitled to in the European Union. We don’t want to bear the consequences of the failed migration policies adopted by certain Western European countries. We want to be treated as human beings. We want our compatriots working in Western Europe to be considered as European citizens rather than immigrants who could be sent back any time. We want Europe to be a strong community based on social and Christian values rather than a playground for political “trolls”. We want a safe Europe and a free Hungary. That’s why we should vote for Jobbik!


Published on Márton Gyöngyösi's Facebook account.