Migration is a divisive and complicated question, not only in the Parliament of the EU but among the Hungarian parties too. The opposition parties slam Orbán and the ruling Fidesz party on migration. Let’s see what opposition Hungarian party’s opinions and point of views are sound like.
Socialist Party for the social problems
The opposition Socialist Party said at a debate in Parliament it was plainly misleading to blame the European Commission for the migration crisis. Responding to the prime minister’s remarks, Socialist group leader Bertalan Tóth said rather than hindering a solution to the crisis the European community is the “sole potential solution”.
Commenting on Orbán’s remarks on Hungary’s progress, Tóth said there are four million people living below the poverty line and more than 100,000 in state fostered jobs schemes. He said a sign of the government’s failure in education and employment policy was the 100,000 unfilled jobs currently combined with a significant number of emigrants.
Jobbik cares about the questions of validity of the quota referendum
Gábor Vona, leader of the radical nationalist Jobbik party, argued in favour of turning up for the October 2 referendum and rejecting the EU’s migrant quotas. What is really at stake in the referendum is its validity, he said. If it is valid, a law or the constitution will have to be amended, just as Jobbik recommended earlier.
If it is invalid, Brussels will be given a document showing that Hungarians did not reject in the legal sense the introduction of quotas. “This is a huge danger that stems from Orbán’s irresponsibility. And in this case the prime minister should resign,” Vona said.
The diversified stances of the little parties
According to LMP short-termism and hatemongering are the problems
The opposition LMP party accused the government of “political shorttermism” in handling the migration issue. LMP group leader Erzsébet Schmuck argued that was why the government had launched its “hatemongering” referendum campaign.
Együtt’s point of view; we should play by the rules of democracy
The opposition Együtt party said Orbán did not envision a positive future for the EU. Zsuzsanna Szelényi, who sits as an independent MP, said that Hungary does not follow the rules of democracy but the prime minister publicly criticises his negotiating partners in Brussels with whom he is supposed to find common ground on Europe’s future. Meanwhile, Orbán opens up to eastern leaders who “don’t play by Europe’s rules” and only understand power, she said.
Critical Dialogue for Hungary (PM)
The Dialogue for Hungary (PM) party said: “Orbán’s remarks have nothing to do with reality.” PM co-leader Tímea Szabó said Orbán should have talked about “hundreds of thousands of children starving, doctors and nurses leaving the country … “
Democratic Coalition thinks the question is the EU membership
The Democratic Coalition called Orbán’s allegations over left-wing cities “false fear-mongering”. László Varju, DK’s deputy leader, said the referendum had nothing to do with the quota system but about Hungary’s EU membership. Hungary will only remain a member if voters boycott the Oct. 2 vote.
The answer of the ruling Fidesz party
In response, Lajos Kósa, the ruling Fidesz party’s parliamentary group leader, said that while many MPs agree with tackling the migration problem at the point of origin, the opposition continuously refuses to support measures such as school or hospital construction projects abroad or increasing the Hungarian army’s role in foreign conflicts.
Kósa said the government is committed to working with organisations that provide aid to the migrants’ countries of origin and thanked the Maltese Charity and the Hungarian charity groups involved in those programmes for their efforts. He rejected the criticisms aimed at Fidesz and the government that say their stance on migration incites hatred.
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