Hungary will remain a consistent and predictable player on the international stage regardless of the outcome of the general election this spring, President János Áder said at a New Year’s reception to members of the diplomatic corps.
Áder highlighted six areas in which Hungary’s position will remain unchanged after the election regardless of which party comes out on top. The first two positions, Áder said, are that all parties agree that
“we Hungarians are and will remain citizens of the European Union”
and that we will continue to attach importance to the role of NATO. Third, Hungary will continue to bear responsibility for ethnic Hungarians beyond the border, as is enshrined in the constitution. Hungary will also continue to strive for ever closer ties with countries in the central European region. The fifth area which Hungary will remain consistent in is its commitment to contributing to the fight against terrorism and extremism, Áder said. Finally, all of Hungary’s parties agree that they bear a responsibility for future generations. “We will continue to do our share of the work that we must carry out together in the interest of sustainability,” Áder said.
Áder’s claims that Hungary will remain “consistent and predictable” come amid growing EU and international criticism of the Orbán government, including the launching of an infringement procedure over EU migrant quotas, legislation on foreign-funded NGOs, and the controversial higher-education amendment known as “Lex CEU.” In addition, the upcoming election on April 8th has become surrounded by controversy, particularly following the Audit Office’s announcement last week of fines against several of Hungary’s opposition parties, which has led some commentators to begin arguing that opposition parties should simply boycott what they claim will be a corrupt and rigged election in favor of the ruling Fidesz party.
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