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Centrist Democrat International Condemns Hungarian Left’s Alliance With Jobbik

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.02.19.

The Centrist Democrat International (CDI) has adopted a resolution condemning the Hungarian left-wing parties’ cooperation with nationalist Jobbik and calling for zero tolerance of far-right, xenophobic and anti-Semitic views, Zsolt Németh, the Fidesz head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said on Friday.

The CDI’s leadership passed the resolution at Fidesz’s request in a meeting on Thursday evening, Németh told MTI.

The document condemns Hungary’s left-wing parties for their alliance with Jobbik, stressing that the CDI considers cooperation with “extremist, xenophobic, racist and anti-Semitic” political forces unacceptable, Németh said, arguing that such cooperation hurts ethnic and religious minorities, including Europe’s Jewish community.

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Németh said the CDI had also expressed concern over Jobbik’s “anti-European prejudices,” noting that the party had for a long time advocated for Hungary’s exit from the European Union, with many of its rallies at the time featuring EU flag-burning.

“In the present situation this anti-European sentiment is the last thing Europe needs,” he said.

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In its resolution, the CDI raised concerns “about the fact that left and liberal parties in Hungary who in recent years distanced themselves from far-right Jobbik are now aiming to help the far-right come to power in a potential future governing coalition.”

The organization, of which Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is a vice-president, “condemns any kind of cooperation between the European socialist and liberal parties and the xenophobic, anti-Semitic and anti-European extremist movements,” it said. The CDI added that it specifically condemned Hungary’s left wing “for including Jobbik, a party known for its anti-Semitic and racist ideology, in an electoral alliance.”

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The organization also expressed concern over cooperation between mainstream parties and “anti-Semitic politicians”, which it said “could seriously endanger the situation of religious minorities, especially the flourishing Jewish community in Europe”.

Featured photo illustration by Balázs Szecsődi /MTI/Prime Minister’s Press Office