The outcome of the October local elections shows that the opposition Jobbik party has completed its journey towards becoming a people’s party and this is now widely accepted, the nationalist party’s deputy leader, MEP Márton Gyöngyösi, said on Monday.
Gyöngyösi said the election results proved that Jobbik “is a democratic force” and an indispensable part of the opposition coalition which could provide an alternative to the ruling Fidesz party. He added that the party’s move to the centre-ground of politics had been successful.
His job, Gyöngyösi said, would be to proselytise this message in the European Parliament.
Meanwhile, he said: “it won’t be easy for [Hungarian nominee] Olivér Várhelyi to be elected as commissioner for enlargement” as he would have to examine the applicant countries’ adherence to the rule of law while Hungary is subject to an Article 7 procedure on precisely those grounds.
He said Hungary’s reputation would take a hit if its second nominee for commissioner failed to pass the stage of EP committee hearings.
Gyöngyösi also referred to Jobbik’s intention to join a European party group, saying it was conceivable that Jobbik could be “navigated” into the European People’s Party, but “the Fidesz factor” was a problem.
In the featured photo: MEP Márton Gyöngyösi. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI