Conservative opposition Jobbik is against the cooperation of all opposition parties before the European Parliamentary elections because votes would be cast for party lists and “such cooperation stands without an example” in Europe, the party said in a statement on Tuesday.
An opposition list “would turn into a parody”, it would quickly disintegrate, causing confusion and only serving ruling Fidesz’s interests, the statement added.
Jobbik, which defines itself as a “social people’s party” will not enter into an alliance with Democratic Coalition leader Ferenc Gyurcsany or other political forces that refuse to contribute to efforts to establish a European wage union and do not believe that men should be eligible to retirement after 40 years of work, it said.
However, Jobbik added that being the strongest opposition party, it will continue to cooperate with others in certain concrete issues.
Jobbik lawmaker Andrea Varga-Damm said in response to a quesiton at a press conference held on a different subject that Jobbik would not participate in the joint list proposed by the opposition Socialists but the opposition should formulate joint messages at the election in order to boost voter turnout. Considering Hungary’s “difficult state”, cooperation is necessary in certain matters but Jobbik will make every effort to prevent Gyurcsany from being placed in the focus of any campaign drive, she said.
She also said that wages for police and minimum wages in Hungary are insufficient and “the government propaganda on wages” is an “unacceptable and deceptive mantra”. The net monthly wage for young police is 150,000 forints (EUR 466) after three years of service, she added.