International reactions to Orban’s victory

Greetings from foreign leaders and right-wing politicians keep coming, while left-wing, liberal and green forces expressed concerns. 

The number of heads-of-governments congratulating Viktor Orban and Fidesz after winning the general elections on Saunday is growing:

Among others, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Orban on his win “in the usual manner”, spokesman Steffen Seibert said, adding that Hungary can count on Germany as a reliable partner in addressing bilateral issues. Merkel’s CDU, CSU chairman and interior minister Horst Seehofer also congratulated Orban.

Manfred Weber, group leader of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament of which Fidesz is a member, has congratulated Orban on his “clear victory”. Weber is a member of the CSU.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Twitter he congratulates Viktor Orban on his reelection. Hungary is an important neighbour and economic partner for Austria, Kurz said, adding that he was looking forward to continuing cooperation with Orban.

In a Hungarian tweet, Czech prime minister Andrej Babis called ruling Fidesz’s win “convincing” and expressed the wish to further cooperate with Orban both on bilateral level and within the framework of the European Union and the Visegrad Group. Czech President Milos Zeman congratulated in a telegram.

“My congratulations to Viktor Orban on his third successive victory. The path to reform is never simple. His support shows it is worth the effort,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in a tweet on Monday.

“Hungarians have chosen a leader committed to hard work and to building a peaceful and prosperous future for his people. The hard but well-founded decisions Orban has made to this end show that wisdom and political experience can take the county forward”, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic wrote in a letter.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also congratulated Orban and invited him to Israel.

Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Russian upper house’s foreign affairs committee, said the Fidesz victory reflected the “citizens’ responsible and pragmatic take on the protection of national interests, as opposed to obligations towards the European Union and NATO.”

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will call Viktor Orban on Tuesday to discuss with him important and topical issues of “common interest”, the commission’s spokesman said on Monday. The commission is “looking forward to cooperating” with the reelected Hungarian government and “tackling various future challenges,” Margaritis Schinas said at a regular press briefing.

European populist and right-wing politicians are very happy about Orban’s victory:

Joerg Meuthen, co-leader of German anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD), said on Monday that Orban had won a “truly resounding victory” with an agenda defined by “the interests of his people”. “Orban is willing to take on confrontation to achieve his goals,” Meuthen said in a Facebook post.

Matteo Salvini of Italy’s centrist right Lega party, who won the March general election in Italy and is in coalition talks to form a government, said on Twitter that “Hungarians have voted with their hearts and minds, not heeding Brussels’ threats and Soros’s billions.” 

There are critics, too:

The European Union will have to take “firm action” in light of the election victory by Hungary’s Fidesz party and remove the “malignancies” appearing in the European Union’s common values, Jean Asselborn, the foreign minister of Luxembourg, said in an interview published by German daily Die Welt on Monday. Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto responded that Asselborn’s comments were “of no interest” since he was not included in the register of Hungarian voters.

Source: MTI/Hungary Journal
Photo: MTI


One thought on “International reactions to Orban’s victory

  1. When EU spokesmen talk about ‘common values’ they are referring to the common agenda of the EU bureaucrats in Brussels, not the common values of the European peoples. We know what they mean by ‘malignancies’, we are not stupid. But Hungary has dented their planned destruction of European ethnicity, and others are waking up every day. Hungary turned the tide, we are proud of you, and let us hope this will be acknowledged by people everywhere.


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