According to the AfD’s reaction to Viktor Orbán’s interview, the German government has less regard for bilateral relations than the Hungarian government.
The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party reacted to a recent interview in Budapester Zeitung, where Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talked about the relations between Hungary’s governing Fidesz party and German parties.
The Prime Minister said:
Hungary has a strong interest in maintaining good relations with any serving federal government, be that from the CDU or the SPD. Under no circumstances can party relations be allowed to undermine relations between our governments. It’s a feature of German democracy that if we were to take action related to the AfD, it would affect intergovernmental relations. (…) So we’re forced to sacrifice relations with the AfD on the altar of the best possible intergovernmental relations.”
In a letter addressed to Hungary Today, AfD’s deputy federal spokeswoman Mariana Harder-Kühnel wrote that the CDU is doing everything to prevent a rapprochement between its former Hungarian sister party and the AfD. “However, the substantive overlaps with the AfD are much greater compared to the CDU,” she pointed out.
“Like our party, Fidesz is committed to traditional marriage and family, the protection of the unborn, a restrictive immigration and asylum policy, a Europe of fatherlands, and an end to economic sanctions against Russia,”
Mariana Harder-Kühnel (Photo via the AfD)
According to her statement, it is no coincidence that the German-led European Commission has initiated numerous infringement proceedings against Hungary for alleged violations of EU law and is threatening more. “The German ruling parties’ consideration for intergovernmental relations with Hungary is not nearly as pronounced as that of their counterparts,” she noted.
In her statement, Harder-Kühnel invited “Viktor Orbán to finally start a dialogue with the only reasonable conservative force in Germany, the AfD.”
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