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Hungarian House Speaker Misses “Competitive” Opposition

Tamás Székely 2015.12.28.

Hungary’s political life needs healthy competition, as not even ruling Fidesz can benefit from having no rivals, House Speaker László Kövér said in an interview. The past 25 years have proved to be so ambiguous because confrontation between one-time groups of elites showed a lack of consensus on fundamental values from the very beginning – a situation that led to a cold civil war rather than democratic debates, he told public Kossuth Radio on Sunday. “Fidesz needs a normal and balanced opposition that is able to offer genuine options in political debates,” Kövér said, adding that “on certain issues, however, there is no room for compromise.”

For instance, families should be given priority and demography issues addressed in any case. “Those who disagree with these priorities are not the opposition of Fidesz but enemies of the nation,” he said. László Kövér said there is a need for rejuvenation within Fidesz, though acknowledging the experience of older politicians. The generational shift in the Socialist Party (MSZP) has brought about a decline in standards which the party was unable to manage. As a consequence, Hungary’s Socialists may face the same fate as the Polish left wing, which has disintegrated, he said.

Speaking mostly about international affairs, László Kövér also gave a year-end interview to news portal pestisracok.hu. The Hungarian House Speaker urged the creation of a new economic and political world order “instead of looking for new enemies in conflicts that were resolved back in 1945 or 1989”. Kövér said that the “liberal world peace” many thought would arrive after 1989 never came to fruition. “A constant resupply of enemies, conflicts and drama is needed to keep the war machine in motion,” he said, adding that the world has never faced as much uncertainty as it does now.

Kövér told pestisracok.hu that after 9/11 “any sane person could see” that things would change in the world. “We need to identify the dangers that threaten the very existence of mankind, our children and our grandchildren,” he said. Citing Germany’s approach to migration, Kövér said that Europe’s migrants are not only a source of cheap labour but also “a voter base ensuring the survival of the left which is being forced out of government everywhere”. He said the global political situation would not have turned out the way it has if the status quo had been maintained and “if the West had not … brought more chaos onto the people who had been liberated from the rule of murderous regimes”.

via hungarymatters.hu, MTI and pestisracok.hu


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