Green LMP Politician May Run on German EP Party List
Gabor Sarnyai 2018.11.08.
János Kendernay, member of the Hungarian green party LMP (Politics Can Be Different), may not run in the European Parliament Election in Hungary. German greens are considering putting him on their national list. The decision will be made at the party’s assembly in Leipzig this weekend.
According to a statement one of the Co-Presidents of the party gave to Azonnali.hu, there will be no ethics committee hearings about the case of German candidate Lóránt László Keresztes. In his opinion, it isn’t unprecedented for foreign politicians to run for the national list during the EP election. Keresztes used the Transylvanian Hungarian MEPs who were elected into the European Parliament via Fidesz’s party list as an example.
Keresztes noted that approximately 200 thousand Hungarians are currently living in Germany, therefore, Kendernay‘s candidacy could give them a chance to be represented by a Hungarian MEP.
Although the Co-President doesn’t understand the motivation of the German greens, he supports the nomination. He highlighted that the German and the Hungarian greens have a diametrically different approach to migration and that Kendernay needs to follow LMP’s agenda in the European Parliament as well.
Kendernay was born in 1966 and began his diplomatic career in the 1990s. In 2003, he was the head of the European Union Cooperation Department of the Foreign Ministry. After the election in April of 2017, he became a member of LMP’s leadership. Kendernay’s wife currently works in Brussels as a secretary of Fidesz politician György Schöpflin.