Prime Minister Viktor Orbán attended an informal meeting with FIDESZ supporters at the Belvarosi Szalon on Wednesday afternoon.
The PM visited the central-Budapest establishment in anticipation of the EU Parliamentary elections taking place this Sunday. To capture the fervent mood, PM Orbán published a series of social media posts in the run up to the EP elections on Sunday. “It’s only four days left. Go for it!”
As previous EP elections records reveal, the PM has little to worry about. In 2014, FIDESZ won 12 out of the 21 Hungarian seats in the European Parliament. In 2009, they scored 14, whilst in 2004, during the first-ever elections the country took part in, they attained 12 seats. Each time, they secured a majority.
A sum total of 2,328,539 people cast their votes in the 2014 elections. In the previous round, in 2009, this number was 2,920,948. In 2004, 3,096179 people showed up.
Despite the dwindling numbers, it’s worth bearing in mind that this year’s EP elections are bound to mobilize demographics more diverse than it would have been the case in previous years. More and more feel dissatisfied with the absolute lack of power the EU grants to nation states, the ever-pressing threat of the migration crisis, and the inadequacy of Brussels-based bureaucrats.
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