Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said the result of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance at the recent European parliamentary election has been “a victory commanding respect”.
During his regular interview on Kossuth Radio on Friday morning, PM Orbán said that respect had already been expressed by the leaders of all EU member states who personally congratulated him. “Hungarians commanded respect at the EP election and were granted that respect,” he said.
The Prime Minister also said that among winners of the election were “leaders of countries attacked by Soros’s foundations, civil organizations and the liberal media network”. Apart from Hungary’s ruling parties the Polish government party, Italy’s League and the Austrians earned the best results at the election, he added.
PM Orbán said “it is nearly a miracle” if a party garners more than 50 percent of the votes in a list system. He said the EP election has “swept away” the governments of Britain and Austria, while Greece will hold early elections, adding that the next few weeks, when the results are evaluated, could shake “one or two more” governments.
Concerning the EU’s new leaders, PM Orbán said that he could only support an “anti-migration candidate that respects Europe’s nations and protects Christian culture”. He declined to mention names.
The Prime Minister noted that Tuesday’s EU summit declared that the party groups’ top candidates for European Commission president will not automatically become the European Council’s candidates for the post. “We have put them aside,” PM Orbán said.
The PM added that the European People’s Party and the Socialists have “further weakened” and an alliance between them in itself would not ensure a majority. “A more complex negotiating and operative mechanism will be needed,” PM Orbán said, adding that Fidesz would need to find its place in this “changing constellation”.
On the subject of the economy, PM Orbán said new measures were needed because Hungary’s economy was accelerating while Europe’s was slowing down and several economic decisions made in Brussels were disadvantageous to Hungary.
The Prime Minister added that Hungary needs foreign investment involving state-of-the-art technology in order not to fall behind the competition. The new plan involves tax cuts and allowances, and growth incentives, to support Hungary’s small and medium-sized companies.
He also said that a special government security was being introduced offering higher interest rates and more flexibility than before. “People can trust the Hungarian economy and the tax cuts could bring attractive results within one or two months,” he added. As a result, Hungary can fulfil its plan to keep economic growth 2 percentage point above the EU average, he said.
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