In an open letter to Manfred Weber, the executive vice-president of Jobbik asked the EPP’s Spitzenkandidat, whether he had “noticed the Hungarian government’s attempts to smear its opponents through defamation and fake news,” when he was praising Viktor Orban in an interview a year ago.
Marton Gyongyosi, the politician of Hungary’s strongest opposition party, pointed out that now Weber has also fallen victim of the Hungarian pro-government media’s smear campaign.
“If it does not cost you your political career, you will win. But if I were you, I wouldn’t bet on it,”
Gyongyosi warned Weber. He reminds the Bavarian politician that he still has some means at his disposal “to stop an authoritarian, one-party political system being fully established in the heart of Europe”. According to Gyongyosi, Weber and his colleagues “first need to give true priority to European values”.
“We do understand that Viktor Orban is highly obedient to the German industrial lobby, which offers the potential for great economic benefits. Despite the importance of the economy however, I am afraid that if Europe allows values to be overridden by economic interests, our continent is bound to face major difficulties. This is something you will soon find out for yourself, I’m afraid,”
“Your Excellency, please don’t put your hopes in Viktor Orban rejoining your ranks after May 26. He won’t. What you are now coming up against is another and ever dirtier anti-EU campaign, except this time you will be the target instead of Jean-Claude Juncker,”
he warned. “The stakes are even higher for us, Hungarians,” Gyongyosi wrote, explaining that “Fidesz’ irresponsible policies may lead to sanctions against Hungary, which may result in our people’s interests being ignored if Hungary’s rights are suspended in the European Union on account of this government, and the borders of Europe may once again be closed for us if Orban starts to prepare leading Hungary out of the Union”.
“As Hungary’s largest democratic party, Jobbik believes in the European Union being able to become a more democratic and stronger community by adopting the necessary reforms. These reforms however, must be based on true values and they must guarantee to prevent any irresponsible regime from attacking its own citizens or you, Your Excellency. Instead of hatemongering campaigns, we want to implement such a programme after May 26, which I commend to your attention.”
Source: Hungary Journal