It seems that the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) and Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party “has started to build a strategic partnership, especially after Viktor Orban’s visit to Vienna in January”, Jobbik lawmaker Marton Gyongyosi told Austrian news agency APA.
According to the strongest opposition party’s deputy group leader Fidesz and FPÖ have only one topic: migration, and “a radical anti-islamism” also connects them. Gyongyosi stressed that his party also opposes uncontrolled migration, but with rational arguments. He added that it’s false to incite against a world religion.
Gyongyosi reminded that Fidesz is member of the European People’s Party, like the party of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, but Viktor Orban is doing everything to be expelled from the party family. He stressed that Jobbik and Fidesz are “switching places”, his party is going through a process of becoming a people’s party, and Austrian press is already taking the change seriously.
Regarding of Jobbik’s international relations, he said his party doesn’t have a good relationship to Western European right-wing parties like the National Front or the PVV, adding that many Western right-wing populist politicians see Orban as a role model, because of his standpoint on migration. In Austria Jobbik doesn’t have no official party relations, he said, but there are informal contacts with some ÖVP and FPÖ lawmakers, especially in the international organisations such as PACE. Jobbik MEPs are independent in the European Parliament, but according to Gyongyosi they are working on raising their acceptance in EPP and ECR.