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PM Orbán: European elections are about Hungary

This weekend’s European elections are not about what’s happening in distant parts, but about the lives of all Hungarians, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at the inauguration of an automotive industry test track in Zalaegerszeg, western Hungary.

“Do not think about this as a remote thing happening in distant Europe, because this is your election, it is about Hungary and sending the Hungarian people’s message to Brussels,” PM Orbán said.

He added that he is not as optimistic as the polling agencies and urged people to vote on Sunday. “I am not as optimistic as the polls,” Orbán said, adding that in good times it is more difficult to involve people into politics.

He said the stakes are whether Europe will be led by pro- or anti-immigration politicians, how strong a voice Hungary will have in Brussels and the votes will either reinforce or weaken existing governments.

Zala Truck

PM Orbán said the Zalaegerszeg test track – mainly for testing driverless vehicles – “has put Hungary on Europe’s automotive industry map”. The Hungarian budget contributed HUF 45 billion (EUR 138 million) to the project.

Title image: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán speaks at the inauguration of a new automotive test track in Zalaegerszeg, western Hungary. (MTI/Zsolt Szigetváry)

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