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PMO Head on Strache: Similar Case in Hungary ‘Unimaginable’

Ábrahám Vass 2019.05.22.

In an interview with pro-govt site Mandiner, PMO Chief Gergely Gulyás discussed the downfall of Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache. He claimed not to be afraid of something similar happening in Hungary or with a Fidesz leader.

When asked whether “the Hungarian government is afraid of similar interference in domestic politics,” Gulyás assured that “making such a recording about a member of the Hungarian government would be ‘out of question’ as the government’s position is quite the opposite on the matter.” He explained that the Orbán administration sees the press as an important aspect of national sovereignty, and as a result, prefers the majority of it to be nationally owned.

He also claims that certain parts of the recording “can’t be identified with,” but has yet to go into detail. He added that although the Hungarian government isn’t in danger, he hopes no one in a leading position would act “so carelessly.”

Although Strache claimed he wanted to achieve a similar media background to Orbán’s in the recording, the subject wasn’t touched on in the interview.

When asked about the stake of the upcoming EP elections, Gergely Gulyás repeated Fidesz’s position. He argued that although the EP elections have only served to highlight the current domestic powers of each of the member states thus far, the upcoming elections would indeed be about Europe’s future and one of its most important aspects, immigration.

featured image: Gulyás speaking at a campaign event in Miskolc; via MTI/János Vajda