Orban changes and divides his country – German press

Viktor Orban has turned Hungary richer, but also more corrupt and eurosceptic, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The German newspaper writes that Orban’s name has become the “quasi-synonym” for Hungary, and the prime minister is most likely to be re-elected, but the recent by-election in Hodmezovasarhely shows dissatisfaction with corruption and the “Orban system”.

According to Süddeutsche Zeitung, Orban has been building his anti-migration campaign on scaremongering, he attacks the “EU bureaucrats” and George Soros, and even determines who are the “real Hungarians”, implying that opposition voters are “outsiders”.

The newspaper cites Kai-Olaf Lang, who is an expert of CEE countries at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP). According to Lang, Fidesz was campaigning with social issues too in the campaign of 2014, but these topics disappeared. “No wonder, a party which has been governing for eight years, can’t decline all responsibility”, he noted.

In connection with corruption, the article names Lorinc Meszaros, as one of the ten richest Hungarians, and Orban’s son-in-law, Istvan Tiborcz, who used to be a co-owner of the Elios, the company whom OLAF accuses of systematic misuse of EU funds.

Hungary Journal
Photo: MTI

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