Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is “excluding himself from Europe” risking Hungary’s EU membership in the process, Socialist (MSZP) MEP István Ujhelyi told a press conference on Wednesday.
Ujhelyi called Orbán “the greatest weathervane in political history” who leaves his pro-Europe, right-wing, conservative political family to become a leader of a “neo-Fascist, Eurosceptic circle.”
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Ujhelyi said that Orbán’s illiberal system is incompatible with European values and Hungary’s membership of the bloc. Hungarians, including the voters of the ruling Fidesz party, want to stay in the EU, he said.
Benedek Jávor, an MEP candidate of the Párbeszéd party, said that Orbán is about to officially join a “European far-right, populist, Eurosceptic” group. Europe will actually benefit from having all those wanting to dismantle European cooperation “in the same basket”, Jávor said.
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This also means that in the future, the government will be unable to stand up for Hungarian’s interests at European forums; one more reason to have as many opposition MEPs in Brussels as possible, he said.
Ruling Fidesz said in response that Europe and the EU are “being written out of history” by the Socialists and other “pro-migration” parties who back the “plans of Brussels and American financier George Soros to flood Europe with migrants”. Migration endangers Europe, its citizens’ security and the future of their children, the party said in a statement.
In the featured photo: MEP István Ujhelyi. Photo by European Parliament