After the events of last week, it is clear that Hungary’s PM Viktor Orbán became the villain of the year, at least according to some. Orbán is an authoritarian and a threat to so-called liberal democracy, who refuses to accept immigrants and does not hesitate to stand against the heads of the European Union.
But what went largely overlooked is one of the principal actors in the EP´s anti-Orbán movement, MEP Judith Sargentini. It would be a shame not to look closer at this lady and her political party because such a view reveals several interesting paradoxes about the current state of the EU.
Sargentini´s home party Groen Links was formed in 1989 by a merger of four parties: Pacifist Socialist Party, Political Party of Radicals, Evangelical People´s Party and finally the best one – Communist Party of the Netherlands.
Sargentini then profiled herself politically, for example, on issues such as combating climate change, supporting migration, and women’s emancipation.
The Groen Links party has never been in government, regardless of current preferences, and has never won over 10 percent of votes in the national elections. In the last elections to the European Parliament, it gained only 6.9 percent of votes.
A woman whose party has never exceeded 10 percent is the main critic of a politician whose party has never fallen below 40 percent in the last 16 years.
To sum up, the repeatedly democratically elected PM Orbán was judged by a lady who has no experience with any executive function. A woman whose party has never exceeded 10 percent is the main critic of a politician whose party has never fallen below 40 percent in the last 16 years.
We should also pay attention to the fact that the man who was one of the leading figures of the anti-communist movement at the end of the 1980s is now opposed by an MEP whose party is largely based on the ideas of communism.
And that is the biggest paradox ever! The prominent European mainstream today is not represented by an anti-communist defender of conservative values, but, on the contrary, by a lady from an extremely leftist party with communist roots. Everyone can decide for themselves, whether this is good news for the European Union.