Message to Swedish minister Annika Strandhall from Hungary’s strongest opposition party

“With such different backgrounds, I believe it’s only natural that we cannot agree on everything and we don’t need to,” Jobbik’s group leader and deputy chairman, Marton Gyongyosi wrote in his open letter, after a diplomatic conflict evolved between Hungary and Sweden.

As Hungary Journal has also reported last week, the Swedish minister for social security, Annika Strandhall wrote on Twitter after the state-of-the-nation speech of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, that Hungary’s “alarming” policies were “reeking with the 1930’s”. The Hungarian MFA summoned Sweden’s ambassador to Budapest, and Hungarian Secretary of State for Family and Youth Affairs, Katalin Novak demanded an apology from Strandhall, and directed the Swedish minister’s extreme-right accusations to the strongest opposition party, Jobbik.

This Tuesday, the Swedish MFA summoned Hungary’s ambassador to Stockholm, because Deputy PM Zsolt Semjen said on a pro-government channel on Sunday that “what this poor creature said is aberration itself”.

Marton Gyongyosi, the group leader of Hungary’s largest opposition party wrote in his open letter that he doesn’t think either that Strandhall “chose the best words when she compared the Hungarian government’s recently announced population policies to those of Germany in the 1930s”. 

“Not because we cannot hear Fidesz politicians making statements that remind us almost daily of the dark 20th-century periods but because I do believe that family policies and the prevention of a demographic disaster are indeed important,”

Jobbik’s politician wrote.

However, according to Gyongyosi, Hungary’s government thinks that “young Hungarians are breedable ‘livestock’ who, if you stuff them with loans, will produce the necessary number of children and once they are done, you can drive them back to the assembly line while their children will be brought up by the television or the grandparents”. Contrary to that, he thinks that “young Hungarians want to stand on their own feet, create predictable conditions for themselves, get a safe job and an honest pay”. 

“Young Hungarians don’t want to live in a country where learning and knowledge are not appreciated, where intellectuals and independent ideas are suppressed, where entrepreneurs are discouraged and where the key to advancement is to be a member of Fidesz and to put a brave face on things like Katalin Novák’s tantrum, for example. The result is palpable: nearly one million Hungarians have already voted with their feet and left their homeland, typically moving to countries which are not family-friendly enough according to Fidesz. The people of Hungary seem to have a different idea about this,”

Marton Gyongyosi wrote.

Regarding the accusations of Katalin Novak, the opposition politician stressed:

“Jobbik is a party that was founded by young people. Unlike Péter Szíjjártó or Viktor Orbán, we did not study politics on Soros scholarships. We’ve learnt it from our own mistakes. And yes, we did make mistakes which we tried to learn from. Without any false modesty, I believe our intentions, efforts and now change cannot be questioned”.

Marton Gyongyosi added that “today’s Jobbik is the leading force of the Hungarian opposition; a determined yet moderate, conservative, national people’s party”. “We obviously have different views on many things since you are a member of a left-wing party while I belong to a right-wing party,” he wrote to Swedish Minister Annika Strandhall.

“You live in a Sweden that is considered ‘liberal’ in Europe whereas I live in a Hungary that is referred to as ‘conservative’. With such different backgrounds, I believe it’s only natural that we cannot agree on everything and we don’t need to. However, I am convinced that justified and constructive criticism is valued all over Europe. Beside their many positive features, we can see the faults of Scandinavian societies, too. In my opinion, the essence of consensual politics is that we can exchange ideas in a friendly manner, identify the faults and learn from our common experience,”

Marton Gyongyosi wrote in his open letter.

Source: Hungary Journal
Photo: MTI

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