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Oct 02, 2018

Government Spokesperson says the gap between Western elites and electors has grown spectacularly recently

Zoltán Kovács said Western liberals, left-wing groups and politicians have lost touch with members of the public who are compelled to face mass migration and deteriorating public security. “They take the view that it is time for a change,” he said

Hungary’s government spokesperson has said that the gap between Western elites and electors has grown spectacularly recently.

Zoltán Kovács said Western liberals, left-wing groups and politicians have lost touch with members of the public who are compelled to face mass migration and deteriorating public security. “They take the view that it is time for a change,” he said.

During an interview with Magyar Idők, Kovács highlighted that “what we are observing in Austria, Germany and Italy reflects this”.

The spokesman said Hungary’s perception in international press is negative. However, Western articles are now being published which acknowledge that the Hungarian position on migration and the future of Europe is consistent. “There are signs indicating that European electors are waking up,” he added.

Kovács took the view that “one cannot expect a great deal of sympathy” from so-called mainstream media. Social media, however, serve as an effective means for the wider distribution of the Hungarian position.

“The asymmetrical media feedback we have observed in connection with the Sargentini report and its mechanical adoption without any critical comment clearly highlight the double standards that have been applied in relation to Hungary for eight years now. This warns us how high the stakes will be in the EP elections to be held next May,” he said.

“The series of attacks we have been compelled to endure for eight years clearly show that right-wing, center-right or Christian democratic parties are never given the same chance in the international arena as left-wing, liberal parties. Earlier, before 2015, we were taken to task about our concept of democracy, while since then the Hungarian government has been criticized over the issue of migration because it has a different view than that which left-wing and liberal politicians hold regarding the future of Europe.”

Kovács also commented on the so-called “duel” between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and French President Emmanuel Macron. Kovács said on the European political scene pro-immigration politicians and politicians opposed to immigration are up against one another. He took the view that Macron’s popularity in France stands at rock bottom, and therefore the President – rather than seeking to convince his local electorate – endeavors to present a globalist, trans-European view.