‘We can and will win European elections,’ Orbán tells governing party colleagues

Fidesz caucus leader Máté Kocsis (L) and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. (Facebook)
By John Cody
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has expressed his confidence in his governing party’s ability to win the upcoming European Parliament elections and drive a stake through the heart of the liberal ideologues in Brussels.

Addressing the Fidesz-KDNP parliamentary group at its season-opening meeting in Balatonalmádi, central Hungary, Orbán stressed the need for change in Brussels.

“The migration pact has entered into force in Europe, and Hungary will be punished for not accepting migrants,” he told party colleagues.

“The war is not over, Europe is under increasing pressure, because in America, because of the disputes over the presidential elections, financial support for Ukraine will be reduced. Support for the Ukrainians comes at a huge political cost. Farmers are revolting all over Europe, and no one is beginning to believe in the Ukrainians’ victory,” he added.

Orbán stressed that the Hungarian left is not doing what it should be doing, it is not representing Hungary in Brussels, but Brussels in Hungary.

The Hungarian prime minister also addressed the pardon case that led to the resignation of the former president, Katalin Novák, and former justice minister, Judit Varga, who had been set to lead the Fidesz candidate list in the June elections. He described the pair as two important people for their political community and thanked them for their work.

“It is clear to all that there is no mercy on the national side on child protection issues,” he said.

In his view, the pardon controversy amounted to a mistake. “As I said in the annual review, the reason for this mistake is that, even at the highest level, no one is clever enough on their own,” he said.

Orbán concluded his speech by assessing the upcoming elections and the tasks ahead. He summarized that the government had already agreed on EU funds, noting that teachers and kindergarten teachers’ salaries had been increased, wage agreements had been concluded, the increased 13th-month pension had been paid, family allowances had been increased, and inflation had been brought down.

The cuts in utility prices and the interest rate freeze for families and small businesses are also still in force, he added.

“We can and will win the European Parliament elections,” the Hungarian prime minister added.

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