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Párbeszéd MEP Benedek Jávor is heading the party’s list for the upcoming European Parliament election, the party said at its congress on Sunday.  At a joint press conference with Jávor on the sidelines of the congress, co-leader Gergely Karácsony said that Jávor is followed by former MP Dávid Dorosz and co-leader Tímea Szabó on the list. The congress mandated Párbeszéd leaders to start talks with the Socialists on fielding a joint list of EP candidates, as the parties did in Hungary’s parliamentary elections, Karácsony said. The alliance will welcome all pro-Europe forces, he said, but they accept the likelihood of the Socialists being Párbeszéd’s only partners, he added.

Jávor said he will continue to represent values such as sustainability, transparency and justice in the EP. He wowed to be a “ruthless opponent” of the Orbán government, to do everything he can to stop the upgrade of Hungary’s nuclear plant in Paks and to shine a light on corruption in Hungary.

This year’s election in May will be more significant than usual, he said. The question is whether the EU will be able to strengthen cooperation within its own ranks or will shift towards disintegration, fragmentation and nationalist conflicts, as well as a regression to nation states, he said. Prime Minister Viktor Orban represents, in a single person, everything pro-Europe forces must stand up against together, he added.