“The election of May 26 will be crucial”

The representatives of Jobbik and Momentum held a joint press conference in front of the MPs’ office building. The leaders of the two opposition centre parties’ EP lists Márton Gyöngyösi and Katalin Cseh have held joint political rallies in 3 large European cities (London, Munich and Vienna) in the past 3 months, too.

According to Momentum’s top candidate Katalin Cseh, Hungary has become a source country in terms of migration as over half a million Hungarians have left our country so far, and they were driven by necessity rather than a desire for adventure. The candidate said the result of the London vote clearly showed that these people left Hungary because they were dissatisfied with the Fidesz government as Fidesz got only 10% of the votes from Hungarian citizens living in the UK’s capital while the trio of Jobbik, Momentum and Politics Can Be Different would have gained a two-third majority there. Ms Cseh believes this is the very reason why the government is not interested in allowing these citizens to vote by letter, even though the same option is wide open for citizens living beyond Hungary’s borders but within the Carpathian Basin.

The leader of Jobbik’s EP list Márton Gyöngyösi noted that May 26 would bring a crucial vote as it would “decide if we allow the government to lead Hungary out of the European Union, isolate Hungary from the rest of the European community and degrade Hungary into an impoverishing, backward country.” Jobbik’s MP said that the European Union of the future was going to be shaped at this moment. “We need a sensible, insightful debate on the EU’s reform instead of the groups partly organized by Viktor Orbán dismantling the community,” Mr Gyöngyösi added.

The MP emphasized that migration was indeed an important issue but Viktor Orbán had already let over 86 thousand migrants into the country, according to the Central Statistical Office of Hungary. Jobbik believes the border fence was erected in vain as Hungary is still an easy-to-access transit country. Talking about the other top priorities, he identified the brain and hand drain as an area of major concern. Mr Gyöngyösi reminded the media of Jobbik’s initiative for a European wage union to address this issue. He explained that the only way to keep our youth home was to reduce the EU’s wage gap.

 

In response to Alfahir’s question as to what a MEP could do about Slovakia’s “anthem act”, Ms Cseh said “Viktor Orbán likes to boast about how well the V4 cooperation helps him protect the interests of the Hungarians living in the neighbouring countries, which is an enormous lie because the Hungarian government has demonstrated multiple times that it was unable to represent ethnic Hungarians in important matters.” She added that this language law was passed without any difficulty, and with the assistance of the ethnic Hungarian MPs of the Slovakian Parliament.

According to Mr Gyöngyösi, it was outrageous that this act was even put on the agenda of the Slovakian Parliament without any special sanctions since this law amounts to a collective discrimination of the entire ethnic Hungarian community living there. “It’s very important for us to represent our position in the European Parliament and emphasize that collective rights are as important as individual rights. Each nationality has the right for its own language.” Jobbik’s MP asserted that the autonomy efforts of ethnic Hungarians, based on existing European examples and models, form the foundation of his party’s programme.

Answering our question on the EU’s potential future, Mr Gyöngyösi said it was quite polarizing to ask whether the “United States of Europe” concept or the idea of stronger national states was the solution. In his view, what truly determines Europe’s future is how we respond to the questions raised about the European Union. “The questions we should ask are where the EU’s place is in the global economic race or how we could erase the social differences within Europe. Another relevant question is whether Brussels should address the migration problem at national or all-European levels.”

According to Momentum’s top candidate, only a strong and united Europe could stop the rise of populism. “We need an EU that can protect Europe from both the external and the internal challenges.” In conclusion, Ms Cseh emphasized the need for the EU monitoring how the member states utilized the funds and not allowing these monies to be used for financing anti-EU campaigns.

 

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