“What Strache got burned with is an ongoing practice in Hungary”

Jobbik initiates setting up a parliamentary committee of inquiry to investigate if the Strache affair has any Hungarian connections. The party also wants the National Security Committee to look into the affair as soon as possible, said Jobbik’s spokesman in his Sunday press conference. György Szilágyi pointed out that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met the Austrian politician in May this year.

Describing the affair, the MP said: Heinz-Christian Strache is not the only one being compromised through his corruption-themed discussion with an oligarch. He got Viktor Orbán burned as well since Mr Strache was suggesting to follow the Hungarian example and switch the editorial position of Kronen Zeitung, Austria’s largest tabloid newspaper with a circulation of 700 thousand, to support the Freedom Party. “What this Austrian politician got burned with is an ongoing practice in Hungary,” Mr Szilágyi said, adding that “there must be a consequence to it here as well”.

He asked the question: did Russia play a part in the establishment of the Hungarian regime? “Could the contract on Hungary’s Paks II Nuclear Power Plant or the relocation of the Russian spy bank to Budapest have anything to do with the establishment of the pro-government media empire?” he went on. According to the politician, the committees should investigate if Heinrich Pecina, who personally negotiated with Viktor Orbán and bought several national newspapers, is a strawman working for Russia or not.

As it was reported in the media, the released video shows Strache talking to a woman who claims to be a Russian billionaire and telling her that Kronen Zeitung could be switched to support his party the way it was done in Hungary, and to achieve this goal he recommends none other than Pecina, who closed down daily Népszabadság and who, according to Strache: “bought all Hungarian newspapers in the past 15 years and prepared them for Orbán’s takeover”. Viktor Orbán’s system of allies seems to be collapsing, György Szilágyi noted.  He added that Hungary must not allow Fidesz to lead the country to the losing side in European politics.

As it was reported earlier, Sebastian Kurz announced the dissolution of his government coalition and called for snap elections in September. The leadership of the Freedom Party will likely be taken over by FPÖ’s former presidential candidate Norbert Hofer. The chaos in communication is clearly shown by the fact that the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which hardly ever misses an opportunity to issue a release, refused to comment this time, suggesting that the matter was “Austria’s internal affair”.


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