Europe’s last chance for peace? Hungary says Trump victory, EU parliament shift to right offer a real chance to end war in Ukraine

The majority of European leaders suffer from "war psychosis"

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, speaks with Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó during a meeting foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 3, 2024. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
By Dénes Albert
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At the moment, nothing offers a better chance of ending the war in Ukraine than a possible right-wing turn in the European Parliament (EP) elections this year along with the re-election of former U/S. President Donald Trump, said Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó on the EU election campaign trail on Monday.

According to a statement by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Szijjártó first spoke about the war in Ukraine at the campaign event held in the city, pointing out that Hungary has been directly confronted with all its serious negative consequences for more than two years; ethnic Hungarians from the Transcarpathian community, which is located in Ukraine and has been forced to send many of its men to the frontlines in Ukraine, have also died in the fighting.

The Hungarian foreign minister stressed that there does not seem to be much chance of ending the conflict in the short term, partly because the vast majority of European political leaders are suffering from a “war psychosis,” seeing the war as their own and believing that Ukraine is defending Europe and democracy, when it is not.

“Because the Ukrainians do not have to fight for the European Union and NATO, because no one has attacked the European Union or any other European country or NATO,” he said.

In this context, Szijjártó warned that Western responses risked drastic escalation. For example, arms deliveries would only extend the fighting in time and space, while neither side seems able to overcome the other.

He stressed that “there is no solution on the battlefield, the only way to find a settlement is through diplomacy, but unfortunately there is no actor today who can force the opposing parties to negotiate as an impartial mediator.”

Szijjártó added that the re-election of former U.S. President Donald Trump could change this situation, along with the election of pro-peace right-wing parties into the EU parliament.

“If Donald Trump can win, and if we can achieve some right-wing turnaround in the European Parliament elections here on June 9, there is no better chance of ending the war than that at that moment,” he said.

SOURCES:Magyar Nemzet
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