PES regrets victory of Orban on a xenophobic, anti-European ticket

09/04/2018

Anti Orban protest in Budapest

Reuters

The Party of European Socialists regrets the victory of Viktor Orban and Fidesz in the Hungarian elections, particularly because of the xenophobic, anti-Semitic and anti-European rhetoric used in the campaign and in government.

PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

“We can't possibly be happy that Viktor Orban won the election in Hungary and neither should the EPP. This is the man who changed his country's constitution with complete disregard for the opposition, the one who destroyed the independence of the Hungarian media and judiciary, who routinely attacks minorities and political rivals and the principles of the EU. Orban is the man who fought dictatorship in his youth and now he is leading the country towards autocracy himself. He has betrayed Hungarian democracy and his own legacy.

"We strongly support a deep political change in Hungary and we trust MSZP and MSZDP to prompt it."